Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Persistently Low Performing

It has been a year of disappointment with the Obama Administration, and yesterday's slam on teachers was just one more. In a speech before the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. Obama praised the decision of a Rhode Island superintendent to fire the entire staff of a low performing school. This blame the educator, union busting maneuver is known as the Turn Around model.

The preferable Transformation model allows schools the flexibility to do innovative reform without the showboating drama and trauma of terminating an entire staff. Persistently low performing schools in Delaware are expected to do the responsible thing for kids and educators by choosing the Transformation option.

It is interesting that the Obama Administration attacks educators for failing to show results in a Rhode Island school. Will he hold himself to the same standard? So far, he has failed to deliver on health care, on peace in the Mid-East, on an economy that works for everyone, on climate change, and on the Employee Free Choice Act. Unfortunately for all of us, that is beginning to sound "persistently low performing".


On Monday, March 8th at 6:30 PM you will have an opportunity to weigh in on the Legislative Program document. DSEA will be sending a cyber-blast tomorrow with instructions on how to join the Webinar discussion. I will also post it on this blog tomorrow.

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