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February 18, 2009

DOE Dud

The DOE is floating an idea of replacing principals, teachers and other employees at schools that consistently fail to attain required levels of the federal No Child Left Behind rules.  The No Child plan has always sounded better than its reality, but it is what it is.  And the local teacher's union and the Hawaii Government Employees Association have rightfully weighed in, suggesting that this type of issue, if implemented, denies workers their collective bargaining rights.

Well here's another thought.  If teachers and other school administrators truly are not doing what needs to be done, and if they have the tools and support required to make it happen, which I doubt is the case in some schools, do we really want to just move these people to other schools?  That's also part of the plan.  The DOE would take school employees who apparently aren't making the necessary and legally mandated strides over a number of years, and give them the opportunity to perform their magic at another public school.  If accountability is truly the call here, as it should be, then perhaps some of these non-achievers shouldn't be allowed to play in the school game anymore, after fair warnings and lengthy periods to fix things.

In the private sector, that's called accountability, responsibility, job expectation, and its often part of an annual review to ensure that standards are being met.  The consequence for consistent underperformance or non-compliance?  You're probably fired.  Now there's a concept that needs fleshing out, rather than just moving people around.  And if it's the system that's broke, then fix that, too.  Think about it...

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