Story includes a list of all 93 school districts that never fired a certified teacher.
Most Conn. school districts didn’t fire any certified teachers over 6-year period
Ninety-three Connecticut school districts did not fire a certified teacher between Fall 2004 and Summer 2010, according to a review of state Department of Education data, including 20 of the 50 largest districts.
Danbury (12th), Manchester (16th), East Hartford (17th) Wallingford (18th), and Southington (19th) were the five largest districts that didn’t fire any certified teachers. They each employ roughly 500 to 700 teachers.
Academic research has shown the worst teachers have a long-term impact on students.
A December 2011 study found an ineffective teacher can cost a class of students more than $250,000 in lost future income, as reported by the New York Times. “If you leave a low value-added teacher in your school for 10 years, rather than replacing him with an average teacher, you are hypothetically talking about $2.5 million in lost income,” Harvard Prof. John Friedman, a co-author of the research, told the Times.
Teachers Preparing to Fight Portions of Ed Reform
The battle lines were drawn yesterday at the Education Committee’s first of two public hearings on education reform. Concerns were raised about teacher evaluation and, as expected, teachers unions will be fighting hard to protect tenure. The question is, will the fight over tenure derail other parts of the bill upon which all sides agree? Read more
Tenure Dig Catches Up with Malloy
The governor’s comments on teacher tenure came back to bite him yesterday during his testimony before the Education Committee. Despite harsh questioning, Malloy stood by his need to make fundamental changes to teacher tenure. Read more
Next on the Chopping Block – Scholarships
Scholarships for students attending Connecticut’s private colleges and universities are also missing from the governor’s education budget. The $6.7 million reduction targets institutions like Yale that have endowments over $200 million. Read more
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