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We'll lose the job -- that this just does not always an education itself but former DC schools changes tell -- insisted teachers be held accountable.
Let's just say they didn't -- hold her and such high regard.
She -- but now she is back at analyses going national today launching something called students first of organization.
Things to tap the national discontent.
With the -- the public education in this country.
She's got a lot of big backers and admirers -- included everyone from Oprah.
To a fellow named Rupert Murdoch powerful friend she says for very powerful message start getting our schools to make the grade or we also.
-- -- taking essentially what you're trying to do di say make schools accountable to parents of the kids themselves.
And regulation want -- Yeah that's exactly what we're trying to do.
Not just what we did in DC but what.
Some great education reformers have been doing nationwide but just in pockets here and there.
And what we want to do is create a national movement with the national agenda for how we're going to finally put students first.
And make America's schools number one again.
-- it did teachers hate you so much and being in Washington looking wasn't that was.
Clip in the wings you know -- -- -- thing I don't think you'll have so much that teachers hated me and that teachers union of leadership did not like me because we were challenging.
The age old rules that existed around tenure and seniority in lockstep pay.
So for example the teacher's union leadership when we first put a a new and very revolutionary teachers contract forward.
They refuse to take it to a vote because -- they didn't like the fact that we -- You know tackling these top issues like ten year we will we were saying to teachers was we're gonna pay you a whole lot more money but you've got to be held accountable.
When the the contract actually went for a vote it passed by the rank and file 80% to 20%.
So the vast majority of teachers really have no problem with the concept whatsoever.
Are you were just saying accountability which is not a foreign concept from.
CEOs that to be accountable there's Gerald lose and they had to become -- viewers and ratings but do we want a metric by which were juts right.
What would be good metric you'd like to judge teachers like national.
Well the number one metric have to be student achievement whether you are moving an academic achievement levels of your children.
And the reason why because when I started my job as the chancellor and DC.
In and 20078%.
Of the eighth graders in the city were on grade level in mathematics.
Of the adults in the system were being rated as doing an excellent job on their performance about -- wouldn't.
So how can you have a system.
We're all the adults are running around thinking I'm doing a great job but what were producing for kids -- 8% fix it makes no sense so wouldn't have done that since it's not so easy is it to educate school work.
You have to look at their -- of the returns and so would we -- you could do.
-- -- you -- and I say that's absolutely right but there are methodologies.
And methodology through which to do that there's something right now called a value -- growth model.
And what that does is it measures your kids when a teacher gets them at the beginning of the year.
Measures where they are academically.
And then it measures then again at the end of the year.
And and and you control for things like.
You know their income level.
And there are there in -- demographic information so it wasn't -- -- answers critics said.
Secret -- sort of -- the -- way.
No no not at all -- mean it what it is is stuff that is it's a way to identify who your top performers are just.
Because you want to recognize and reward those people cope with pain of a whole lot more money.
-- and it's also -- way to identify the lowest performing teachers so you can either improve them or move them out of the system.
You you've been advising a number of folks including.
The newly elected governor in Florida and it's not what -- -- -- be doing for him the same type of thing.
Right so we're going to be working with governors across the country.
Specifically on these issues and and helping them to put a legislative package together.
That will push some of these reforms I was down.
In Florida with governor Scott last week.
Had a very good session with -- but it's just very interesting because he comes from a very different.
Business mindset right so he's very bottom -- -- results oriented woman helped -- -- that's right but you know he just looks at things in a different way which is I think incredibly helpful.
So we were at session.
Where you know lots of reporters were asking him because he supports.
Publicly funded scholarships for kids and they hit a bit -- you know the components were saying well vouchers that takes money away from the system that needs that money so desperately.
And you know what we're saying -- look if you look at it from the system of perspective of the system right.
It is that kind of program good for the system though it's not good for the system because do they lose money absolutely but we're gonna look at this from the perspective of what's good for the child.
And if you're talking about a publicly funded scholarship the same amount but love what the the district is currently spending right now on educating and -- can't.
That the parents can take that same amount of money.
Doesn't cost the -- anymore.
And taken to a private school when they're gonna get a better education that's clearly something that's good for that child even though it might not be good for the system and so that's.
The latest economic chaos -- American we don't much imminent or real quickly went -- when I drove and moved to Europe and Asia.
The kids seem to be in school the time but it's a long long day it's almost all school all the time.
Now not everywhere.
But certainly more than our kids are and is it -- Well that's part of it.
Because certainly if you look at the re sources that are at our disposal.
In fixing the public education system one of the things that people underestimate his time.
Him more time on task that said you have to take things on in the in a certain order -- operation.
And if you have -- high quality teaching an instruction then more of that it's going to be helpful but more crappy teaching isn't gonna help any more -- things involved that subscription.
So the goal of this ultimately -- to do that goal as students first in this legislative agenda is really to give.
Legislators a tool box here are about policies that you need to be pushing here about law that you need to be passing.
In order to create an environment where real school reform can take place where people can be held accountable -- -- we talk about.
Paying great teachers more money but but getting rid of tenure.
As a as a way of protecting ineffective teachers we talk about the need for choice we talk about the need for.
Competition and information to families so for example one thing that we say is that.
If you are going to place a child in the classroom of ineffective teacher you have to receive parental consent.
Before you do that that just seems like an obvious thing vitamin -- the school district is on us this gonna -- keep these people on -- are not pushing student achievement levels.
But none of my -- -- the least you can do is is inform the parents.
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