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Patch Poll: Did Malloy Give Up Too Much on Education Reform?

Compromise calls for piloting a new 'evaluation and support system' for teachers in 8-10 school districts.

In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, a compromise on education reform cleared the legislature and has the approval of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

As part of that compromise, Malloy's proposal to overhaul the teacher tenure system has been changed into a pilot program that will be implemented next year in eight to 10 school districts before it is rolled out to the rest of the state.

In a win for Malloy, the bill does reform the state's tenure statute by stating that "ineffectiveness — not merely incompetence — is the standard of dismissal."

Did Malloy bend too much to the wishes of the Connecticut Education Association, which fought hard to push back his proposals on teacher tenure reform? Or did the compromise show that the legislative process took teachers' legitimate concerns into account?

Take our poll and tell us what you think in the comments.

Teacher Mom July 18, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Both unions and tenure were born of necessity, and that was in a time when teaching was considered an honorable profession and teachers were considered professionals. Times have certainly changed and laws do provide some protections, but the way the profession is viewed and the economic/political pressures we face today have made being an educator a liability. We are often the objects of blame and scorn. Our jobs and livelihoods become political footballs and we are held accountable for all educational failings when we have less and less control over what and how we teach. If I thought for one minute that unions or tenure stood in the way of student success, I'd be the first one to say so, but my experience and success with my own students over the past 28 years tells me otherwise. Being part of a union and having tenure ensures I can speak my mind, without fear, in the face of some very strong opponents who don't have the expertise, educational experience or training that I do. It allows me to propose educational solutions that benefit students but may not be budget friendly or align with the highly touted "initiative du jour". It allows me to argue with those who would use, abuse and control my profession for political gain and to present the research behind my opposing views without having to fear a pink slip. An advocate needs to have a level of security that allows them to speak out for those who cannot (children) and I think unions and tenure provide that :)
Teacher Mom July 18, 2012 at 02:18 AM
@ R Eleveld Believe it or not, I have gone to a principal when I have seen an educator act unprofessionally, but I will ensure the educator gets a fair process when the situation is examined. It is not my role to judge who is "inneffective", that is an administrator's job and there are evaluation plans in place for that. There are many misconceptions about the role of the union. It's important to remember that a union is made up of people and not all people have the same ethics. I believe it hurts the profession when we allow educators to remain on the job that are not competent and it is immoral if we allow educators to remain who are a detriment to children. My child went to public school too and I am first and foremost a teacher! As a union officer, I believe in a fair process for evaluation and dismissal, protection from arbitrary decison makers and working conditions that allow me to do the job I am asked to do.
R Eleveld July 18, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Thank you for that interesting input.
Tom Nordson July 18, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Ideologue BS! Look above!
R Eleveld July 18, 2012 at 03:24 AM
@Tom, you disagree, but throw an unneeded comment. Enter the conversation with factual statements stay out.

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