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  •  To be clear (none)
    Before anyone starts throwing around the T-Word (you know, them things that live under bridges), I'm not trying to argue in favor of the Props.  As I said, I'm not even a Californian.  I just want to understand the issues better.  I have alot of respect for the clarity of thought of people on this site, son I'm hoping some folks can help me out here.

    Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Freedom.

    by Aethern on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 09:21:12 AM PST

    •  You're fine... (none)
      ...if somewhat misinformed:

      Prop 74 --  Proposition 74 extends the probationary period for new teachers from 2 years to 5 years, and makes it easier to dismiss teachers with unsatisfactory performance evaluations.

      Seems somewhat ok to me, though I would be much more impressed if it included ways to attract better teachers to go along with the increased competition

      This will keep teachers quiet for 5 years. Five years where you have no protection against an administrator's whim.

      Never place the blame on superintendants or principals, no--it's always the teachers' fault!

      Final reason: It's not the NEW teachers that are the problem (in my experience), it's the older ones. They refuse to change. New teachers come with fresh ideas, so why punish them?

      •  Not only that... (none)
        ...but if a teacher changes districts, their PAY does NOT go with them - they have to start all over again at the bottom of the pay scale. A tenured 25-year career teacher told me this a few days ago.

        I don't like Bizarro World... I want to go home to America.

        by willers on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 09:56:15 AM PST

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