So just who is this Katharine A Stevens that wrote another ill informed hit piece against NYC teachers today?
Kathy it seems is super duper smart. She is great at telling others how to do things yet never implementing and practicing anything she spews to actually experiencing it. Like a priest who can give marriage advice, Kathy is a professional students and policy wonk who can't and won't put her money where her blue blooded money comes from.
But wait! She does have skills according to her LinkedIn page;
Excellent written and verbal communication skills with exceptional talent for building relationships with diverse stakeholders.But let's take apart her arguments from today's article.
♦ Demonstrated ability to conduct original, relevant policy research, with special expertise in legislative and regulatory analysis.
♦ Strong entrepreneurial and project management skills.
♦ Quick learner with well-developed critical thinking skills; ability to operate effectively in complex environments.
♦ Creative, resourceful, big-picture thinker with demonstrated capacity to bridge worlds of practice, policy, and research.
♦ Fluent in Spanish.
...the premise of a groundbreaking lawsuit now being heard in Los Angeles Supreme Court that challenges entrenched California state laws protecting the jobs of public school teachers who are “grossly ineffective.” The nine student plaintiffs, Vergara vs. California, argue that laws protecting even abysmally incompetent teachers violate the guaranteed civil right of the state’s children to access a decent education.
What Kathy fails to share is that this lawsuit is spearheaded by a group known as Students Matter led by research scientist David P Welch. Dave's expertise in education is that he is a parent. Dave has a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University.
Now The Crack Team does not know too much about Vergara v California and we are hoping that our brethren in the Golden State can shed some light. What we do know is this is a method to usurp collective bargaining and to end tenure.
Does Kathy know of the provenance of the law suit or is she just ignorant? We'll let Kathy share.
Despite the state’s highly visible new teacher evaluation law and a perception of radical change under the Bloomberg administration, a scandalous reality remains: Here, as in California, it is virtually impossible to dismiss a grossly ineffective teacher.
Hypocrites be damned.
But isn't it scandalous that as Newsday reported today that state officials are finding flaws in the new teacher evaluation system?
New York State law governing teacher dismissal, 3020-a, was left essentially untouched by both the contentious new teacher evaluation legislation and recent city reforms. Under that law, only the state can dismiss a teacher — and it rarely does.