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Quite a big education news here in New York City today the union fighting to keep the city from releasing.
A detailed report on the ratings of teachers United Federation of Teachers does not want that information being made public.
Now the new York city schools chancellor Joel Klein meantime is pushing for greater accountability effort -- -- Consider that five years ago fewer than 1%.
Of New York City teachers were denied tenure.
But last year's 11% of the teachers either denied tenure continued.
On probation and -- had a chance to -- the chancellor we talked about the importance of accountability.
Especially if we're going to be giving teachers a job for life with tenure and here's what he had to set.
I think if you really gonna get people's lifetime protection -- I think you need to put rigorous rigorous standards and that's what Mayor Bloomberg.
Has ordered us to do so what's a fair number I don't know that I would see significantly.
If you're talking about lifetime -- we also need to think differently about.
Lifetime commitment to you we don't want lock people into a system.
If those people performing well we want to make sure.
That there are awarded fairly compensated but if they're not performing well.
Even after -- we have to have reasonable process he's not the kind of -- which ones we have now one thing you need to change to make kids more prepared.
To be workers from the get out.
I think several things but the key thing is we've got to give them the skills and that means changing our curriculum making our -- it's much more.
Demanding is no provision saying it was a child.
He just got -- high school degree.
But it doesn't mean you ready for college.
-- -- that met you at a college -- you don't have the skills and 21 century economy is in command.
And -- 21 century economy particularly in this global environment is going to be very tough on -- and I don't think.
We really -- focused.
On how we would educating kids to a twentieth century stand it.
And time can be what does that mean what does that mean we're not preparing them for the right jobs.
And for the right skills what types of jobs -- they prepared for now vs which once -- police have for example who was typically used to prepare kids for manufacturing jobs and and how gone away you know.
We sure hope we don't lose -- -- manufacturing -- maybe one statistic which I think is so powerful.
Of the workforce were high school dropouts in 1958%.
-- college graduates today.
80% high school dropouts and actually happen -- -- very hard time getting a job.
And close a 40% of college graduates to you need higher order thinking we've -- kids to understand.
That the world they face could be much more entrepreneurial and much more challenge.
One of the things we're doing in this country any news in this city where you're the chancellor is we're trying to provide a quality education for everyone or at least that's the goal equity.
Other countries might not be doing that they might be saying while the top 1020%.
We're gonna provide you the best education does -- give them.
Something of a competitive advantage over us.
In the human certain amount of management and.
I don't think this is either wrong because what are they gonna do they have attack -- -- -- society.
I know our group at the top that's very successful and in a perpetual underclass and is that we -- America.
America's genius was demonstrating that twentieth century first recorded -- -- -- We educated our kids at these first secondary school level -- the college level and we achieve middle class who is unprecedented.
We have got to continue.
Down that path and I think you can demand both excellence and equity on the other hand only -- you should never.
Ever sacrifice excellence in order to achieve equity if what you've got to do was put -- top students down.
In order to get your other students coalition that's a losing formula.
But -- didn't create this Wright's entire night.
Definitely think you can't leave behind a generation of American -- create this kind of tool.
The society in which have -- been very wealthy and then people who really can't make it.
Our chancellor Klein you're very busy thanks for the time and go -- on the on them look forward to thank you appreciate it.
Parts -- -- it is arguably the most important economic issue that the country faces long term so we talk about it a lot on this show education and Joseph Klein sits right on the front lines really taking on the union's.
Here in New York.
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