Thank God Mr. Saxton is capable of telling the truth: He didn't sign up to reinforce Oregon's current level of below-average schools and above-average PERS millionaires.
The hypothetical goal of graduating more students WILL BE MET because administrators will dictate that their teachers fail fewer students--thereby protecting their jobs. The newspaper reporters will print what they are given to print and we will have more public school millionaires and more kids with worthless diplomas--and we will call it "reform."
If it wriggles on it's belly and eats decaying flesh, do we still call it a "duck?"
Len Case, a war veteran and all-around nice guy, is now principal of his third high school for the Beaverton District. He "retired" in 2002. He was adamant, when I worked for him at Westview, that we teachers limit the number of "F's" given to seniors...
Actually, the principals at Westview at the time made it pretty hard to have high expectations of ANYBODY. We are now paying them all a great deal, for life, for doing jobs no one EVER oversaw. TeachingintheShadowoftheSwoosh.blogspot.com
Of more pressing concern to Oregon taxpayers should be our erstwhile "teachers" union, the OEA, a powerful political force whose president, Gail Rasmussen, is a non-teacher (?) and whose vice-president, Hanna Vaandering, broke my heart when I asked for her help, when she was the leader of the Beaverton "Education" Association.
Instead she brought me an illegal settlement contract for a federal law suit. She got a promotion for selling me out.
I was doing 70-hour weeks with those kids who have trouble staying in school while some of Mr. Case's coaching buddies were pulled out of the classroom for "office" jobs. The Beaverton School Board spent a couple hundred thousand dollars to have Hungerford Law criminalize me instead of paying me what they owed me.
The public knows Hungerford Law, right? Well-connected lawyers for COSA and for ruthless school administrators when they need to bully a dissenting teacher or parent who is critical of their administration? The law firm that does "pass-the trash" deals to hide pedophiles who know too much about curiously-qualified school big shots?
You have paid them millions in education money in the last decade.
Mr. Saxton. bless his heart, has served on a "public" school board and knows about all the insider stuff. He recognizes that we can no longer afford secretive school administrations who use public money in self-interested ways while deceiving the taxpayers with PR fluff.
Oregon education is now a comfortable place for lawyers and administrators. When it becomes a good place for classroom teachers and their students, we will be experiencing true reform. As it is now, teachers pay a political surcharge to teach here--the money goes to a politicized union run corruptly and secretively.
Oregon surely has some of the nation's best teachers and a ton of kids who want to excel. Why, then, do we have below-average schools in a nation that has let the bar drop pretty low?
About the former Beaverton elementary PE teacher, Vaandering, whom the OEA/OEIB is setting up as a future political big shot: Wonder what her contributions to "pre-form" are? And whether or not she'll get to go to D.C. this summer as a super-delegate to the DNC...
Without administrative oversight and accountability, education reform is smokescreen hypocrisy.