Monday, February 1, 2010
Obama bends over for teacher unions
What does Obama want to change? He will take out the provisions that teachers’ unions, associations of principals, school boards and other groups have found most objectionable. (Well, there is a good political move on his part)
Currently the education law requires the nation’s 98,000 public schools to make “adequate yearly progress” as measured by student test scores. Schools that miss their targets in reading and math must offer students the opportunity to transfer to other schools and free after-school tutoring. Schools that repeatedly miss targets face harsher sanctions, which can include staff dismissals and closings. All students are required to be proficient by 2014.
Educators have complained loudly in the eight years since the law was signed that it was branding tens of thousands of schools as failing.
The secretary of education, Arne Duncan, called the 2014 deadline as a “utopian goal,” and administration officials have since made clear that they want the deadline eliminated. In recent meetings with representatives of education groups, Department of Education officials have said they also want to eliminate the school ratings system built on making “adequate yearly progress” on student test scores.
So what is the message here for the American people? Obama has seen the writing on the wall. He has seen that educated and informed people will not abide by his liberal socialist agenda so…He will support a new law that overrides George Bushs education policy (of holding schools and teachers accountable) and instead insure that liberal democrats control American politics by dumbing down the our children. Obama knows that facts, stupid people vote for leaders like him !
"[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt." --Samuel Adams, essay in The Public Advertiser, 1749