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Jeb Bush: Teachers unions losing battle over teacher evaluations

From Newsmax: The National Education Association’s change of heart over teacher evaluations is too little, too late and just proof that it has lost the argument, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tells Newsmax. “This is not a policy change. It is a diversionary tactic,” said Bush, founder and president of the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

The NEA made its move at its national convention, voting to adopt a policy statement that student performance should be considered as part of teacher evaluations. It came after years of opposition.

“The NEA has realized it lost the argument against a teacher in the classroom having a direct impact on student learning,” Bush said in an exclusive interview. “Recognizing they’ve lost the battle of opposing teacher effectiveness evaluations, they have come up with another tactic by which to oppose. It appears they will claim support for including student learning gains in annual teacher evaluations, but oppose the assessments by which student learning gains are measured."

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 1:25pm]


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