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Parents' role in education, Senate Bill 6 style



In decrying the idea of tying teacher pay to student outcomes, many Florida teachers have complained that they have no control over what happens with kids at home. SB 6 and HB 7189 would hold them accountable for children who have no accountability elsewhere, many have argued.

What about grading the parents?

The Florida lawmakers pressing this measure don't see it the same way. They've included a line in the proposal that not only holds teachers to the fire, but actually gives parents a say in their evaluation:

"The system must include a mechanism to examine performance data from multiple sources, which includes giving parents an opportunity to provide input into employee performance appraisals." (Section 1012.34 (2)(c))

The statute has said that parents can have input into teacher assessments "when appropriate," but that wording would be removed.

It's a small part of the bill, often overlooked among the bigger pieces within. Just wanted to highlight it for your discussion. Like it? Or launch it? (Not as if there will be any amending, though, as everyone is trying to avoid seeing this go back to the Senate where it might not win another vote.)

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:56am]


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