Rudy's Ride (go, rudy--btw: I used to work for the amherst regional schools long ago)
"Hope has Two Daughters: Anger and Courage." Saroyan
Any man who talks in metaphors has the soul of a poet, but it doesn't matter if Mr. Crew channels Shakespeare is he can't address the problems of a dysfunctional teachers' union and a bureaucracy with a history of creating rationale and opacity instead of equity and opportunity.
The USA Today has an article about concerns rising over publishing teacher evaluations. (http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/story/2012-05-30/teacher-rankings-public/55291466/1)
Every evaluation that one publicly-paid individual makes of another should be widely available to the public. Then those evaluations become real--the people who make them will be forced to be honest or be accountable.
Evaluations at the state's largest high school (Westview--late '90's to mid-'00's) were perfunctory when they occurred at all during my five years there. My efforts to hold unfair and underperforming administrators accountable cost me my job, followed by several years of lawyerly harassment and ultimately the destruction of my career.
I refused to sign a confession.
My OEA-appointed lawyer worked very hard with the former BSD lawyers (paid secretly with education money...oh, so THAT'S where the $ went!) to keep my evaluations out of the public view--to shelter my deep-pocketed administrators...
This lawyer, selected without my knowledge by my uniserve rep after he was contacted by BSD HR officials, was paid by oblivious teachers to manipulate me for years while Beaverton's lawyers were paid by oblivious taxpayers.
The building principals and administrators who conspired to violate my employment contract had all fled the classroom--those who had EVER been there--for the big money of public school administration.
They remain un-fireable, sheltered by promotions and secrecy agreements, and will be paid for life for work no one oversees here in Oregon.
That is probably where Mr. Crew should start. Right there in the fancy office that Oregon's classroom teachers built for Richard Sanders at the OEA.
That wouid be a great first start, Rudy. Support the teachers who actually work with kids.
(And after Oregon starts publishing the evaluations of educators AND administrators, we should put video cameras in the classrooms in the halls...objective evidence in the land of deceptions and excuses. Then we will be told the truth more often.)