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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 stroke.

5. Class sizes will roughly double.

6. At the end of the five year...See More
D If you know this is coming for you, I would get out of the way by looking for teaching jobs with other districts. I'm at DPS and have not found a ft teaching gig yet, but if I suspected they had something like this in place or coming down the pike, I would look for nearby districts that value education professionals more.

Since so many pe...See More
Feb 2, 2011

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