The public wants to make it easier to fire bad teachers — and to raise the pay of good ones, according to an Associated Press-Stanford University poll. Seventy-eight percent wanted to fire low-performing teachers; 71 percent said it should be easier to fire principals of low-performing schools. Yet 57 percent say teachers are paid too little.
Carmen Williams, 53, an office manager from Yates City, Ill., said the issue is simple: Pay teachers more and get rid of the bad ones.
“Good teachers are hard to find, and one of the reasons they are hard to find is because they’re not paid enough to support themselves, especially if they have a family,” she said.
Half of those surveyed want to base teachers’ salaries on their students’ performance on statewide tests and on administrators’ evaluations.
A majority blame parents and federal, state and local education officials for education problems; 45 percent blame teachers’ unions.
By the way, Waiting for Superman, which argued that school quality is determined by teacher quality, wasn’t a box-office smash, reports Rick Hess. It didn’t even do well compared to other documentaries. He makes fun of Waiting’s simple-minded insistence that “we know what works,” and that it’s “great teachers.” Guggenheim told us, “It’s not some magic; it’s about having a commitment to making great teachers in this country.”
Glad we got THAT settled.
Great teachers and a chicken in every pot!