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Blue Jersey Focus: Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (Part 2)

Just in case Jersey Jazzman’s excellent series on Education Reform is not enough for you, dear reader, Blue Jersey is launching another series called Blue Jersey Focus. To help you stay informed on Garden State issues, we will be featuring government officials, political figures, and other movers and shakers, in exclusive video interviews.

Video after the jump…

Ed Reform 101: Merit Pay, Seniority & Tenure

Blue Jersey’s Ed Reform 101

Part 3 – Myths about Merit Pay, Seniority & Tenure

Ed Reform 101As with so many other parts of the corporate “reform” agenda, adherence to merit pay and abolishing tenure is more a matter of faith than reality.

The truth is that there is no evidence that radically changing how we fire, layoff, and pay teachers will have any positive effect on student learning. There are, however, many reasons to believe that instituting merit pay and getting rid of tenure will harm students and the interests of taxpayers.

We also know that the difference between high-performing and low-performing schools is not whether they have merit pay schemes, or tenure, or lay offs based on seniority; why impose these changes on schools that are doing a great job educating kids?

What you should know about merit pay, seniority & tenure:

  • “Pure” merit pay experiments in schools have failed every time they’ve been attempted.

  • Merit pay, as conceived by corporate “reformers,” is rare and limited in scope in the private sector.

  • Experience matters, and senior teachers should not have to fear for their jobs simply because they’ve followed the decades-old tradition of making more money later in their careers.

  • Teachers are fired or counseled out of the profession regularly.

  • Tenure is necessary not just to protect teachers, but to protect students and taxpayers from cronyism and corruption.
  • Blue Jersey Focus: Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo

    Just in case Jersey Jazzman’s excellent series on Education Reform is not enough for you, dear reader, Blue Jersey is launching another series called Blue Jersey Focus. To help you stay informed on Garden State issues, we will be featuring government officials, political figures, and other movers and shakers, in exclusive video interviews. These interviews will be run over successive days.

    It is fitting that as we move into the holiday weekend to recognize the contributions that organized labor has made to America’s prosperity, our first guest is labor leader Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo of the 14th Legislative District.

    My interview with Assemblyman DeAngelo will be presented on four consecutive days from today through Saturday. Each segment will be posted around 6:00 PM.

    Today, the assemblyman discusses politics, the tension between the governor and legislature, collective bargaining, and the governor’s response to Hurricane Irene.

    Thursday’s segment is devoted to education – including charter schools, tenure, and testing. My thanks to Jersey Jazzman for his assistance in providing information and questions for this segment.

    Friday’s segment is about jobs and the state’s energy policy, and how they are inexorably interrelated. Assemblyman DeAngelo also discusses the state’s transportation policy.

    Finally, on Saturday, we hear about the assemblyman’s views on the transition from NJN to NJTV, marriage equality, his opinion on a full-time legislature, and his priorities for the General Assembly after the November elections.

    Watch for future installments of Blue Jersey Focus where we talk to other decision makers and prominent personalities that impact our lives.

    Video after the jump…

    B4K Ad Fail

    B4K ad:

    People who actually know stuff about schools:


    Still, most agreed that the small numbers of tenure charges filed with the state are really only a fraction of the cases of low-performing teachers for whom the formal filing is a last resort, a vast majority of them eased out of the classroom as the complaints mount.

    ‘You don’t see these statistics, but I would say that hundreds of teachers who receive the first tenure charges resign,” said Eugene Liss, general counsel to the Newark Teachers Union. “Maybe the case didn’t go all the way to Trenton, but many who sit with us, they end up leaving the profession.”

    Newark has a system in which teachers receiving unsatisfactory ratings are required to undergo additional training through Seton Hall University. Last year, it was 90 teachers, all but 12 of whom returned to the classroom, he said. Those 12 all resigned, none by tenure charges. [emphasis mine]

    Add to this the fact that 40% of new teachers never earn tenure after the standard three years, and you can see that this ad is a steaming load of dung.

    Oh, and it’s 113k teachers. But I have to admit: 12.5% is a better margin of error than using test scores to evaluate teachers (which has a 35% error rate).

    Why We Need Tenure

    Cross-posted at Jersey Jazzman

    Let’s go back to Elizabeth, NJ for just a sec:

    In his civil complaint, Davison said he “yielded to the pressure” and purchased tickets. He ultimately was promoted to become a tenured administrator. But when he stopped paying for the political tickets, he said he lost a plum assignment and was later suspended.

    “The unwritten rule in this culture of political cronyism is that non-participation in the purchase and sale of tickets to fundraising events can be hazardous to one’s job security,” he said in his court papers.

    The power behind all of that, he charged, was Rafael Fajardo.

    “Mr. Fajardo has used the board as a source of campaign volunteers and pay-to-play contributors that allow him to exert a web of influence throughout the community,” claimed Davison, whose attorney declined to comment for this story.

    You know what Rafael Fajardo is doing right now? He’s serving on the New Jersey Educator Effectiveness Task Force. What do they do?

    The Task Force report presents recommendations for improving student achievement in New Jersey by revamping our educator evaluation system.

    Teacher Tenure: Ed Potosnak on Channel 9’s New Jersey Now

    I’ll keep this diary in the side column, because I’ll warn you, the sound quality’s scratchy and a little buzzy. The show is New Jersey Now on Channel 9. Host Brenda Blackmon introduces a segment on one of the keystone policies on which Gov. Chris Christie is building his signature education philosphy: ending or drastically revising teacher tenure.

    Blackmon introduces her topic at the 1 minute mark, with clips of Christie making his familiar arguments about ending teacher tenure and replacing it with 5-year reviews, and hears from several teachers with opposing views.

    Ed Potosnak, former Bridgewater-Raritan Regional HS Chemistry teacher and NJ-7 Democratic candidate for Congress is interviewed alongside Ross Danis, of Newark Education Trust. The interview kicks in at the 2:42 mark:

    New Jersey Now: January 23, 2011: My9TV.com