Re: By Virtual Campaign Announcement, I Think He Means the Real Announcement of a Virtual Campaign, and Not the Virtual Announcement of a Real Campaign…
Further to Andrew’s post, a couple of questions pose themselves for virtual gubernatorial candidate Bob Walsh and his
progressive, pro-public education, pro-labor, pro-job creation and economic development, pro-choice, pro-environment, pro-marriage equality, and supportive of a fair tax policy for our state
1.) Does he agree with the NEA’s Resolution D-20, passed in 2007, which opposes student achievement as a measure of teacher competency/effectiveness?
The Association also believes that the use of student achievement measures such as standardized test scores or grades to determine the competency, quality, or effectiveness of any professional educator is inappropriate and is not a valid measure.
2.) In his prior post as the Superintendent of schools in Chicago, President Obama’s new Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, implemented a level of merit-pay incentives for teachers, closed down failing schools, replaced entire school staffs and rejected the blame the parent/blame the child mentality. In view of Rhode Island’s academic achievement ranking (forty first out of fifty), would the virtual candidate advocate that Rhode Island implement some of these approaches – in particular, merit pay – and philosophies?
To quote Matt Jerzyk in these circumstances: “Thank you”.