Geoff O’Gara of Wyoming PBS reports that teachers and legislators seem to be coming together over a couple of education bills moving through the House. Everyone may be close to agreeing on reasonable ways to weed out poor teachers without putting good instructors at risk of unwarranted firing. But now the hard work begins: figuring out an objective standard for testing students so administrators can determine which teachers are performing poorly. Wyoming's recent history with standardized student testing doesn't give anyone a good feeling about that effort.
Hey, if they are not doing their job, they need to find another one. Then the Sage part of the analysis kicks in. First, don’t be a tea party reactionary, dude. Maybe you should think about this. Hmmm, maybe later. So, then I see a column from the president of the Wyoming Education Association. Yeah, here’s an unbiased perspective on this issue; should I even read this? She went to a great deal of effort to explain that we don’t really have tenure for Wyoming school teachers, we just have a hearing process. Lacking the time to read the statutes and case law, I suspect she is minimizing a bit, but maybe not.