Ravitch’s take on the Vergara lawsuit
the Vergara trial, in which a rich and powerful coalition of corporate reformers are trying to eliminate due process rights for teachers.
In the end, he argues, the outcome of the trial won't change much for poor kids.
If the plaintiffs win, some very good veteran teachers may be fired to save money.
The legislature will enact some new laws, perhaps basing layoffs on "effectiveness" (i.e. test scores) rather than due process, but as we know from the recent report of the American Statistical Association, test-based accountability (VAM) is fraught with problems and will end up stigmatizing those who teach in high-poverty schools
… My view: the trial continues the blame game favored by the Obama administration and the billionaire boys' club, in which they blame "bad" teachers as the main culprit in low academic performance.