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Weather is a fight shaping up in Massachusetts speaking of Boston that could ultimately affect the whole country.
Should teachers be evaluated based on performance.
Or based on seniority.
Advocates have now pushed that question to the ballot in the state and the teachers union is not happy.
-- -- that is the vice president of legislative affairs forced four advocacy group students first.
-- you work Michelle Rhee and you have been working across this country my understanding is to try to get a merit based approach when it comes to evaluating our teachers as opposed to just.
Who's been here the longest this group in Massachusetts.
Is just the latest to a -- -- teachers union saying.
It really overstates the problem it really.
Fails to understand the unique dynamic between teachers.
And students and you can't just do a one size fits all.
OK you know now you're gonna say it's merit based and leave -- that because teachers will be taken advantage -- Right well and -- -- -- -- me on.
Yes there -- system that they advocate for is just one size fits all and it's based on just how long you've been there.
-- no consideration for how effective -- teacher.
And it's let's say one thing when you say that this fight is brewing in Massachusetts.
This fight is going on throughout the entire country there -- seven states last year that moved this direction so they eliminated light -- It is not a mandate.
And how they're gonna make decisions based on where they're gonna place teachers or keep on.
They tied at two valuations in Massachusetts -- tried to do this they just didn't mandate the locals don't act so that when I got on the local -- -- civil -- -- -- implement this so.
This is a battle that's been going on for about the last you know -- -- 1416.
Months seven states last year did it we've got at least eight states this year besides Massachusetts it's taken a very serious look at this and this is going across the spectrum it's not just Republicans it's also Democrats.
You've got you know in Connecticut New York.
Governors that are taking this very seriously and pushing this -- it's really just common sense.
So here's the teachers say less they say the save before went before you know they had unions and they were based -- -- promotions and tenure were great -- seniority.
It was very arbitrary.
And so you have one principle -- with ticked off at you know some young teacher for whatever personal reason.
And they would get pushed around and what they say is that this new measure in Massachusetts requires the school district to base its decisions.
Unquote merit and ability which sounds good in theory but they say those terms are not defined.
And that winds up giving too much discretion.
To the administrators.
Yeah and you know.
We really wanna see that student achievement to have value -- -- be at least 50% of the valuation we actually want to make -- assist evaluation system more concrete so it is less arbitrary.
So you know this.
You know we had we have a fellow that join our organization -- was a teacher of the year for California the you know identified as the best teacher for the state of California.
What got like go under wipo and any state teachers say you know what like we're we're -- what.
But what last in first out I apologize.
So the way the system set -- right now is the last teacher in is the first one out when it comes a layoffs.
No matter how good they are you get the best teacher in the world that's got five -- seniority.
And one that's you know not meeting that degrade -- had six years seniority retired for a way off.
The best teacher in the world is let go just because -- seniority.
And -- their study after study just a couple weeks go Columbia and Harvard economist came out -- this twenty year study.
That was over two and a half million kids in it said the most of them most critical thing for a child's education is an effective teacher.
Now race not income status it was.
An effective teacher in the classroom so we know all the studies we'll tell you longevity studies you got to determine who -- -- there.
So seniority doesn't determine who the best teachers are certain that we haven't valuation system.
You say you say it takes in his -- more and more states at that that this in his -- yours Michelle -- And saw an end here we -- -- Massachusetts.
Which semifinal as surprising.
Is this -- -- here where we move to more merit based evaluations of teachers.
And less you know last in first out seniority type decisions is it because it took a long time for the country to get to this place.
Where we don't base -- on merit are we now headed the other way.
-- Absolutely 100% I mean like you saw seven states -- do it even Massachusetts they did at the distant mandated low level and that's wore these local groups that -- -- and you've got how to.
Well let's just change the law law was watered down a little bit -- got parents saying look let's make -- -- they're at least eight other states that have legislation.
Being introduced this year so I I think the wind is at our back.
That that old.
Thought process of seniority is the way we determine effective teacher not that.
I don't -- anybody can argue that anymore I mean so as the world becomes more competitive.
We're not just competing its neighboring school district or states it's a global marketplace app -- got ahead and study after study meg just says you've got to have an effective teacher in the classroom that's the number one determining factors have.
This is going to -- some partners and Massachusetts.
You know students verse actually is in the Massachusetts I gotta go out stay out for.
I appreciate being here and thank you for your --
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