Since so many people are under-educated and/or struggling to
survive in an economy that is literally breaking families
apart and pushing millions out onto the streets - governments
are using the stressful times to their advantage to cut
overhead while refusing to take pay cuts themselves. Would
looking for work at other nearby districts make a difference?
=============== ================ On 2/02/11, PB wrote:
> So, with SB191 making it easier to dismiss "ineffective"
> teachers, and Colorado facing a $1B shortfall, it appears
> to me that the writing is on the wall regarding Jeffco's
> Strategic Compensation project:
> 1. Very, very few teachers will be pronounced Outstanding -
> just enough so that it appears that it's actually possible
> for any teacher to earn a bonus.
> 2. At the school principal's direction, the team of Master
> Teachers will create "documentation" that huge numbers of
> teachers are "Ineffective."
> 3. It will now be much harder, if not impossible, for a
> teacher labeled "Ineffective" to appeal or contest the
> decision, since the evaluation will be conducted by a team,
> rather than by an individual.
> 4. Jefferson County can now dismiss up to 50% of their
> teachers, saving the school district an enormous amount of
> money, possibly even solving their budget crisis in one
> 5. Class sizes will roughly double.
> 6. At the end of the five year grant period, Jeffco can
> point to the pilot study as proof that pay does not equal
> better education, and cut pay, or at least eliminate pay
> increases, for the teachers who remain.
> What a deal for the district! Reduce pay costs by legally
> eliminating half of the teaching jobs in the district,
> solve the budget crisis, and stop giving salary increases
> permanently - all while proclaiming to be improving