Monday, June 14, 2010

Report: Raise city teacher pay, dismiss poor performers

A spot-on report from Baltimore:


Teachers in Baltimore deserve more money, but they should also work longer hours, and it should be easier for administrators to dismiss those who perform poorly, according to a national education group commissioned to study the city schools.

In a report released today, the National Council on Teacher Quality concludes that weak teachers are too often passed around, rather than being removed from the system. Only 14 tenured and 46 nontenured teachers were dismissed last school year from a workforce of 6,000.

In the report, which was commissioned by the ACLU of Maryland and funded with grants from the Abell Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the council praises the city for the amount of choice it gives principals in making hires, but says that excess teachers, even tenured ones, should be let go after a year if no principal wants them.

Baltimore City schools CEO Andres Alonso says he supports the goals listed by the council and is working toward implementing some of them.


Report: Raise city teacher pay, dismiss poor performers

By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun

Updated: 3:24 PM 6/9/2010;jsessionid=AFA6CFBBE4060C16630F.100?view=breaking+news+item&feed:a=balt_sun_1min&feed:c=breakingnews&feed:i=54196738&nopaging=1

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