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Study: Some principals just don't fire teachers



you_are_fired.In the great debate over who’s to blame for the persistence of bum teachers, here’s some evidence for the blame-the-administration crowd.

A new study by a University of Michigan researcher finds that even when given more power to get rid of bad apples, about a third of the principals in Chicago – many of them in the lowest performing schools - never exercised it.

“This reinforces the theory that it’s not contracts that prevent principals from firing teachers, but culture: that isn’t the way it’s done in schools,” says a summary of the study in the latest bulletin from the National Council on Teacher Quality.

On the other hand, the bulletin says, the principals who did start firing more seemed to be after the right ones: “Those teachers were absent more often, had lower value-added scores and lower evaluation ratings. They also were more likely to have failed their licensing tests at least once and gone to less selective colleges, two measures which have been found to correlate with teacher effectiveness.”

[Last modified: Thursday, December 23, 2010 7:22am]


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