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The ground zero a budget -- happening across America states -- to slash spending two to ten years look like a very popular target.
As hundreds after the DC school system to -- -- has been there done that it today it's open to put Florida a dual agenda.
To put students first nationwide and accountability.
Up front seven found a sea of students -- streaming right now.
You know now I -- and so when you were with him -- does not too long ago what you're next engaged.
On C -- taking essentially what you're trying to do DC -- schools accountable to parents and kids themselves and regulation one.
That's exactly what we're trying to do not just what we did in DC but -- some great education reformers have been doing nationwide but just in pockets here and there.
And what we want to do is create a national movements with the national agenda.
For how we're going to finally put students first and make America's schools number one again.
Why it did teachers hate you so much and being in Washington -- was -- that was.
Clinton wins you know the thing I don't think it was so much that teachers hated me and the teacher's union the leadership did not like me because we were challenging.
The age old rules that existed around tenure and seniority in lockstep pay.
-- so for example.
The teachers union leadership when we first put a a new and very revolutionary teachers contract forward.
They refuse to take it to a vote because -- they didn't like the fact that we -- You know tackling these top issues like ten year we will we were saying to teachers was we're gonna pay you a whole lot more money but you gotta be held accountable.
When the the contract actually went for a vote it passed by the rank and file 80% to 20%.
So the vast majority of teachers really have no problem with the conflict whatsoever.
Are you were just -- and accountability which is not a foreign concept from.
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The wheel of a metric by which -- giants right.
What would be good metric you'd like to -- -- national.
Well the number one metric have to be student achievement whether you are moving academic achievement levels of your children.
And the reason why because when I started my job -- the chancellor in DC.
In and 20078%.
Of the eighth graders in the city -- on great level in mathematics.
Of the adults in the system were being rated as doing an excellent job on their performance about it wouldn't.
So how can you have a system where all the adults are running around thinking I'm doing a great job but what were producing for kids -- 8%.
It makes no sense it would make on that some say it's not so -- -- -- judge kid's school work.
You have to look at their -- of the record -- -- which we teacher could do.
-- use and I -- that's absolutely right but there are methodologies.
Methodologies through which to do that there's something right now called a value added growth model.
And what that does is it measures your kids when a teacher gets them at the beginning of the year measures where they are academically.
And then it measures then again at the end of the year.
And and and you control for things like you know their income level.
And there are there in -- demographic information.
So what was an acquaintance whose credits.
Secret way to sort of stop the use -- way.
No not at all I mean it what it is is it is it's a way to identify who your top performers -- Because you wanna recognize and reward those people -- -- -- a whole lot more money.
And it's also way to identify the lowest performing teachers so you can either improve them or move them out of the system.
You you've been advising the number of folks including the newly elected governor in Florida and it's not what are -- going to be doing for him the same type of thing.
Right so we're gonna be working with governors across the country.
Specifically on these issues and and helping them to put a legislative package together.
That will push some of these reforms I was down.
In Florida with governor Scott last week.
Had a very good session with them but it's just very interesting because he comes from a very different.
Business mindset right so he's very bottom -- -- results oriented woman hope -- that's right and but you know he just looks at things in a different way which is I think incredibly helpful.
So we were at session.
Where you know lots of reporters were asking him because he supports.
Publicly funded scholarships.
For kids name a bit you know the homes were saying well vouchers that takes money away from the system that needs that money so desperately.
And you know what we're saying let's look if you look at it from the system of perspective of the system right.
It is that kind of program good for the system -- it's not good for the system because do they lose money absolutely but we're gonna look at this from the perspective of what's good for the -- And if you're talking about a publicly funded scholarship the same amount -- -- what the district is currently spending right now on educating packet.
That the parents can take that same amount of money.
Doesn't cost the taxpayers anymore.
And take -- to a private school when they're gonna get a better education that's clearly.
Something that's good for that child even though it might not be good for the system and so that's.
The latest economic the American -- -- -- real quickly went went went Hydro would move to Europe and Asia.
The kids seemed to be in school -- long long day it's almost all school all the time.
Now not everywhere.
But certainly more than -- markets and is it -- Well that's part of it.
Because certainly if you look at the -- sources that are at our disposal.
In fixing the public education system one of the things that people under estimate is -- -- -- more time on task that fed you have to take things on in in a certain order operation.
And if you have high quality teaching an instruction -- more of that is gonna be helpful but more crappy teaching isn't gonna help any more -- -- -- -- So the goal this ultimately -- to do that goal -- students first in this legislative agenda is really to give.
Legislators a tool box here are about policies that you need to be pushing here about laws that you need to be passing.
In order to create an environment.
Where real school reform can take place and where people can be held accountable -- -- we talk about paying great teachers more money but but getting rid of tenure.
As a as a way of protecting ineffective teachers we talk about the need for choice we talk about the need for.
Competition and information to families so for example one thing that we say is that.
If you are going to place a child in the classroom of -- teacher you have to receive parental consent.
Before you do that just seems like an obvious thing right I mean if the school district is gonna if there's gonna pick keep these people on -- not pushing student achievement levels.
The outcome is likely candidate at least you can do is is -- -- -- and jewelry thank you very much affluence and let me busy.
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