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How Long Must a Pregnant Teacher Stand in Order to Be Rated “Effective”?

January 2, 2015

Corporate reform is laced with asinine expectations. Five weeks of training is all it takes to be an “excellent” teacher if one is “talented” enough. Under-regulated, market-driven schools will ensure educational quality and opportunity. More standardized testing improves both teaching and learning.

And here’s one that is the focus of profound foolishness in New York:

Teachers control student testing outcomes to the degree that teacher evaluations should closely parallel testing outcomes.

Asinine.

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New York is not alone in test-score-aligned, teacher-eval lunacy.

On October 22, 2014, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) released the 2013-14 evaluation results for Louisiana teachers, and the Times-Picayune wrote about it.

Not surprisingly in the current national atmosphere of standardized-testing idolatry, the main thrust of the article is that the increase in percentage of teachers rated as “effective” must be compared to the percentage increase of students passing state tests in order to evaluate the integrity of the evaluations.

The rate of teachers rated as “effective” rose three percentage points. The rate of students passing state tests rose one percentage point.

And here it comes:

Teacher ratings were declared as “inflated” and “subjective ratings,” as the “culprit.” Value added modeling (VAM)– which had not been demonstrated to work even based upon Louisiana’s 2011 miserable pilot— had been removed from the 2013-14 evaluations in order to be “reworked”, and that VAM absence must be the reason for the “inflation.”

Lest anyone should think that VAM removal means Louisiana teachers are not graded using test scores, let me note that test scores still comprised 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation. What is used in place of VAM is something called “student learning targets” (SLTs). It’s the “crap shoot” I wrote about here. Via SLTs, in my case, the district sets the parameters on what percentage of my students must score a certain way on upcoming tests.

As a teacher, such negotiations are out of my control. And I know that my performance as a teacher cannot honestly and ethically be directly reflected in my students’ test scores.

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Even the Times-Picayune had a flash of this truth.

Yep. Right smack in the middle of the paper’s “teacher rating inflation” propaganda is a brief quote and paraphrase by VAM-book-author Doug Harris, a moment of sense, just enough for the Times-Picayune to purport having presented by token a “balanced” article, should anyone ask:

Given the changes (the 2013-14 removal of VAM), it’s unsurprising that more teachers are now considered effective, said Education Research Alliance for New Orleans director Doug Harris, who has long studied value-added education measures. “If you take the value-added out, it’s going to tend to increase the scores,” he said.

Still, he said that test score improvement rates shouldn’t be linked so closely to teacher effectiveness ratings improvement. That’s because there is much that makes a teacher effective that has little to do with test scores, he said. “We don’t have any reason to think that it should be a one to one relationship between those two things,” he said. [Emphasis added.]

Wow. There it is: the corporate reform expectation of a one-to-one correspondence of teacher-rating-to-student-test-score, openly refuted, and by a VAM promoter, at that.

I have written some rather hard words about Harris, who is in charge of a June 2015, ten-year, post-Katrina charter event that even in December 2014 appears to be biased in favor of New Orleans charter promotion.

In the case of the October 2014 Times-Picayune declaration of teacher eval “inflation,” Harris dropped a nugget of truth, and it ended there. The rest of the lengthy article continues with the teacher-eval-to-test-score, tragic blunder.

As one might expect when the false, direct relationship of teacher evaluation-to-student-test-score is promoted as truth to school administrators who are themselves rated by even higher, district, administrators– and whose ratings are compared to school-wide test scores– there will be additional, top-down pressure placed on teachers and their daily work in the classroom.

Time to flunk some more teachers and prove “rigor.”

This brings me to a story about a public school in Lake Charles, Louisiana. It seems that the administration is seeking out “data” that it might use to “prove” its “subjective” teacher evaluations are “rigorous.” However, all that they seem to be doing is tipping over into the ridiculous– and cruel.

I mean, when one notes on a clipboard how long a pregnant teacher sits during an administrative visit– that’s proof of a ticket purchased at the train station called Idiocy. It is also lends credence to the stance that corporate reform is a war on women.

Nevertheless, that is what is happening according to a teacher who came to me with his/her story– and to whom I offered the opportunity to remain anonymous if I might publish his/her experiences.

Much of the rest of this post is the Lake Charles teacher’s story. It should be used in K12 administrator training as a model on how to not evaluate classroom teachers.

Teachers have had it rough for the past few years. CCSS (Common Core State Standards), VAM, SLT, PLC (professional learning community), along with new curricula every year for the past three years in a row has teachers strained and uncomfortable. My friends and colleagues in education have had to seek medical treatment (both counseling and chemical) just to deal with the stress. This year, there are a lot of new, stressful practices at a school in Lake Charles. To be fair, it seems that not both administrators feel as apt to stack on requirements. Many of these have come down from one in particular. The main administrator seems much more understanding of a teacher’s present condition than the other [administrator].

Teachers are having weekly pop-in visits (lasting from 10 to 20 minutes). We were given that update at our beginning of the year meeting just before school began. Walk throughs are not a bad idea, but our pop in observation rubric grew to include many noninstructional requirements for which teachers were given less than 24 hours notice to prepare. In an email sent after 2:00 pm, teachers were told to include visible standards on the wall, a visible class agenda, standards on their bulletin boards, have student work in the classroom and on bulletin boards. Some teachers scrambled to buy already made signs with standards from teacher websites, others quickly improvised. Some had not read the email until the next morning. That very next morning, these tasks were checked for completion.

On the pop-in visit rubric, there is a section where the observer checks off where the teacher was or what s/he was doing during the observation: sitting at desk, at computer, circulating among students, etc. One truly blessed teacher is expecting a child this spring. She is not being allowed to rest during these pop-ins. She is being timed if she sits at any point while they’re in her room. They then write down on her form how long she sat while they were there. This is undue stress for any expecting mother and unborn infant.

Another teacher who is not a technologically inclined sort received a new network printer this year but is not comfortable enough to install it herself. She was told by an administrator, after a few weeks of waiting for support, that if she failed to have it hooked up within 48 hours, it would be taken back. She fell ill very quickly after this incident and was home sick on the day for which her deadline was set. Another teacher in the school, to whom she had informed of this encounter, hooked it up for her during her planning time. If I were a school leader, I would think the proper way to address this concern over unused technology would be to not wait weeks and ask the teacher if she needed help to install the printer. Any busy teacher in the middle of an already hectic school year would need a bit of support with that task. Any leader should be willing to help before threatening to take away resources provided for the benefit of students.

This school is very lucky to have a Curriculum Coach at school. She goes in and models lessons, helps create manipulatives, and researches possible projects and corresponding literature for teachers. More traditional teachers who are unaccustomed to all the new requirements need her help more often than others. Our “PROGRESS Grant Lead Teacher” (the Curriculum Coach) was told she was spending too much time with a certain teacher. That teacher is now afraid to ask for advice and support when she needs it from the person in our school whose sole job it is to support teachers.

Apparently, bulletin boards are the newest instructional tool as teachers are required to justify student work hanging on them with correlating standards and are required to change the bulletin board’s content regularly. I do not believe that students, parents, or teachers will benefit from this practice. Administrators are already aware of standards being taught on weekly lesson plans, which are evaluated every Monday.

Lesson plans are due each Saturday and checked for possible improvements. Teachers receive recommendations every Monday for their plans. Though research has not shown their value in the educative process, the lesson plans are now a focal point and yet another way of critiquing (or perhaps criticizing) teachers. They had also best be printed and visible in the room for observers along with any print assessments for that week. Even if administrators receive them via email, they need to physically see the lesson plans during a pop-in.

Teachers are required to have not one, but two, 45 minute meetings during their planning time each week, a PLC and a grade level meeting (GLM). These are to happen even if 50% of participants are absent. These incessant and often unproductive meetings are yet another control in place at the school. The PLC meetings seem to have more effect when put in place at strategic points in the year, but having them every week only serves to “document” a meeting and not really track improvements of any kind.

The teachers are afraid to question these practices openly. They are afraid of what the administration will require of them should they speak out, but it is time that this was made public. Everyone is under enough stress. Why compound it in ways such as these? Morale is so low. Productivity will be low as well if teachers do have the proper support they need in order to be successful. How will causing teachers more stress help their students? How do the practices described here help students?

What is being called a “pop-in” in this Lake Charles school is not designed to help either teachers or students. It is designed to Cover the Administrative Behind. However, what it might well do is usher both school-level and district-level administrators into unanticipated litigation.

I’m thinking that pressuring a pregnant teacher by timing her being seated will not go over well should such information enter the courtroom.

Pause and reflect on that one, o clip-boarded administrators!

Let me close by repeating VAM-book-author Doug Harris’ words as quoted and paraphrased in the October 22, 2014, Times-Picayune article.

Perhaps they will lead these Lake Charles admins toward a moment of teacher-humane enlightenment:

[Harris] said that test score improvement rates shouldn’t be linked so closely to teacher effectiveness ratings improvement. That’s because there is much that makes a teacher effective that has little to do with test scores, he said. “We don’t have any reason to think that it should be a one to one relationship between those two things,” he said. [Emphasis added.]

Louisiana, catch the hint.

You, too, New York.

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Schneider is a southern Louisiana native, career teacher, trained researcher, and author of the ed reform whistle blower, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education

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31 Comments
  1. Once again, Dr. Schneider, thank you for your focus on reform initiatives–some of which exceed common sense. I often say I can visit a classroom for less than 10 minutes and walk away with a wealth of information to determine teacher preparedness and effectiveness. It is not rocket science. John White, state superintendent of education, has acknowledged “who better knows teacher effectiveness than those closest to the classroom–the principal.” He stated this during a visit to a Houma school approximately one year ago.
    Observations and evaluations should spark the discussions for improving teaching. Instead, the value added component is viewed by many to be discriminatory for the 1/3 of the teacher population subjected to VAM. I support observation/evaluations that serve a constructive purpose. On Monday, January 5, the Accountability Commission will meet in Baton Rouge to discuss the evaluation program. It is imperative that educators stand tall and speak up relative to their experiences. I realize the Accountability meeting is the first day many school systems open their doors with employees and students returning from the holiday break.
    At the end of the day, we need an evaluation system that aids in the retention of teachers. Many school systems are challenged with the lack of certified teachers to employ. Surely, this will have an adverse impact for many school districts within the accountability process. I am convinced this is the “game plan”–an exodus of experienced, quality teachers. What impact does this have on student outcomes? (Yes! It is not rocket science. The quality teacher is essential to school improvement.) I hope the Accountability subcommittee will heed the concerns of many educators in Louisiana. SCRAP VAM, OR AT THE VERY LEAST, REDUCE FROM 50%. Thank you for your continued efforts to bring about public awareness on this very important issue.

  2. Laura chapman permalink

    This account sounds like it might apply to the manufacture of tennis shoes in a factory in China. Kafka, One Flew Over the Cookoo’s Nest, Captain of the ship in the Caine Mutiny, Catch 22 insanity…these were the parallels that came to mind reading this account. Thanks to the teacher who put this on the record, and for your wisdom in letting that happen anonymously. By the way, my local Office Max sells grade level statements of the CCSS in ELA in a postable format, a boxed set for about $20? Please continue to publish these accounts of the lunacy. As a worker in arts education I cannot image what is happening to those specialists, if any are left.

  3. CPSB teacher permalink

    It’s called Balanced Scorecard. It has more to do with SIPs than he Danielson Rubric. More stress. I’ll send you copy of the checklist if you don’t have one!

  4. Rating teachers by whether or not they spend enough time standing isn’t just oppressive for those who might have disabling conditions, it sounds actively counter-productive to me. I trained as a teacher. I am one of the old-school kind, who crapped out and left the profession because I just didn’t have the right skill-set. I just happened to leave right when the Recession as at its height though, and I have been working as a substitute teacher ever since. Here’s what I know, from being a teacher, and from being a sub: The best teachers are the ones who can afford to sit down, because they have their classroom under control. They are good at explaining concepts, and they use a document camera or overhead projector effectively to demonstrate the skills they want their kiddos to practice. I know this because I was NEVER good at any of that when I had my own classroom. I HAD to walk the room constantly, just to know what evil the kids in the back rows were doing. Nowadays when I walk into a classroom, if it’s laid out so the teacher can stay at the front, I know this is a teacher who knows her stuff. It shows that she has the classroom management skills that I never had.

  5. H.A. Hurley permalink

    #We Can’t Breathe!
    This HARRASSMENT of Teachers must stop!
    These tactics have NOTHING to do with teaching, improving teaching, children learning and humanity.
    Water Boarding would probably yield even more pleasure for those who are in charge of harming our teachers. Sick sadistic pleasures!
    What are we teaching the future generations of students about treatment of teachers? Women? Children growing up in abusive families tend to repeat that behavior. Watching teachers in fear, scramble to show-case the sick demands of the day, showing stress, dealing with abuse of power harrassment, and much more…sets up a new breeding ground and environment of a cycle of dysfunction. We are raising the future Teachers of America, folks!
    Where are the Unions? Sweatshops must be exposed, abusers brought to the forefront, and teachers must be protected. Unions were formed exactly to protect workers from such abuse.
    The more I learn about this abuse the angrier I become. How can the US allow this? Have we become such a sick society where bullying and abuse is OK?
    No other profession is being treated this way.
    STOP THE INSANITY!
    #LetUsBreathe
    #LetUsTeach

  6. Sheila Stark permalink

    I consider myself a highly effective teacher. I teach 8th grade, and have taught for more than 35 years. I have excellent control of my class, but I have a bad knee that prevents me from standing for more than a few minutes. There is no way a teacher can or should be evaluated based on standing versus sitting. I just move a kid’s chair around and sit in groups or do work from my desk. I am not off task, I am not surfing the ‘net – Kids adapt very quickly and come to my desk. They also know I am always multi tasking and watching them from anywhere. I am honest at the beginning of the year and tell them up front that my eyes and ears more than make up for my lame leg! I get excellent and good evaluations. Teachers MUST stand up to this brutality.

  7. jody harbison permalink

    The level of STUPIDITY in this is beyond words.Please don’t call a doctor if it lasts more than 4 hours.

  8. H.A. Hurley permalink

    Attack on Teachers is flourishing because of the power and control felt by the attackers.
    We must reclaim our lives.
    We cannot be victims!
    Anyone out there ready to suggest that teachers wear Teacher Cams to record and expose the administrative abuse? I know, I am so outraged, increasingly, as the ABUSE escalades, becomes systemic and an expected way to treat teachers. The New Normal!?
    We must arm teachers with recording devices, audio/video, to expose this inhumane treatment at every turn. We cannot continue to tolerate this.
    Remember, abused women rarely leave their abusers. We know why! We must fight back and demand humane treatment.
    Maya Angelou used to say: We teach people how we want to be treated.
    Change that scenario, NOW!

    • bilgewater permalink

      I think that’s a great idea, but I’m afraid there would always be some kind of snag that prevents it. I was tempted to take a recording device with me to a principal’s meeting some years ago because our chief was bullying some teachers.

      I’d like to hear more about wearing a cam during an evaluation. What are the legal ramifications?

  9. Monica permalink

    Part of the problem is that teachers are afraid of losing their jobs and have to comply…..and there are young teachers ready and willing to take an opening….and what is the alternative?…..working retail for minimum wage and no benefits? Most of us can’t afford it, but the continual pressure is draining the life out of the teaching profession.

  10. Here in highly ranked, unionized Massachusetts we also are serviced by the same railroad that stops at the train station of Idiocy. The state DESE recently solicited input for ways to evaluate all members of a school community; i.e. those 83% who don’t teach an area and grade for which there is a state test. One of the ideas they floated as a good one:

    Rate school nurses by how quickly they return sick children to the classroom.

    Can’t make this stuff up.

    • WantToBePassionateAgain permalink

      Wow.😳

    • bilgewater permalink

      I heard from a United Methodist pastor that a new evaluation of a pastor’s effectiveness would be based on the number of new members brought into the fold. I told her about some of the same things happening in education and warned her to watch out for the “business-model” folks trying to take over a mainline denomination.

      I’m afraid this Hydra has many heads, and only one of them is in education.

  11. Tiffany Duhon permalink

    I’m a teacher. Thank goodness, I’m a member of a union that supports/protects me. Intimidation tactics are ridiculous and unproductive.

    • Since you are a teacher you should already know that uniios are communist units,all the way

      • bilgewater permalink

        Since many members of the public believe this falsehood, it is hard for me to know whether you’re being sarcastic, or you believe it yourself. (Since I’m not a frequent visitor to this blog, I don’t know if you are a regular contributor or not.)

  12. Tiffany permalink

    Thank you to the Brave teacher who spoke up!! With raised teacher voices we can cripple their agenda…let’s take back our classrooms and our health!….Teachers this call is for you to Speak…you are powerful and appreciated…we need your voices!

  13. In LA this is happening in ways that suggest our federal government has basically forsaken laws we have had in place for some time but not long enough to forget how hard they were won. A gifted teacher in a high school was teaching when a notorious suit observed her class, which was so over crowded the aisles were full of back packs, legs and kids without desks. Upon seeing her seated before a fully engaged group of teens, the suit decided she had to go because he had ordered teacher to never to sit while teaching not too long before ; in fact he was actually going around hassling teachers for this and other unreadonable beefs that revolved around certain concessions we make to physical conditions. The suit summoned this pregnant teacher’s AP and ordered her to sign off on an immediate dismissal. The AP , a young woman who had just been promoted, resisted. She defended the teacher, who was one of the best on the faculty and she pointed out that firing her for sitting while 8 months along may be illegal ( it is) . Infuriated, the suit fired the teacher using another site administrator’s signature and sent the AP to a kill site in Watts. Her career is probably all but over . There is no doubt in my mind that violations of state education laws, federal mandates about accomodations and simple human decency were violated in this incident and many others .
    Teachers have been contacting ACLU, EEOC, DFEH, ADA and other agencies about these things, but EEOC has been the only one that responded and only after we proved 93% of teacher jail inmates, RIFS , and displacements were over 40. Unfortunately, they are not funded well enough to do much for us . Given the gross violations of special education laws that continue even now that the feds quietly took over that area of LAUSD operations , it is becoming pretty obvios that our national leadership is dangerously inclined to abuse the law and the people in an arbitrary and insanely arrogant fashion.
    Without any union support, so many teachers are being destroyed here, I have to wonder when teacher casualties become a burden to the state . I know dozens who have faced foreclosure, myself included; there are a growing number of teachers seeking public assistance and several who are now homeless. We network to find them room mates with others as teachers are renting rooms to make their mortgage or rent and now forced to take jobs that pay $15 or less an hour. In fact, many new teachers were laid off then rehired as lower paid subs and installed in the same positions Pearson and other employers have been hiring some desperate colleagues to grade essay exams and do other things they have expertise in . They are paid less than most unskilled workers and treated like day labor.
    Being a teacher is like being an ex convict with a history of henious crimes or a black man circa 1959. I guess being black in 2015 is not much better than it was then and that too, speaks to the disturbing trends in our country. I am not a politically savvy person nor do I pretend to fully understand the complexities of our government. I just know what I see and it is not good. America has turned against its people and what we stand for. I may be alone on this but I do not spport drones murdering Pakistanian children nor do I like the fact that Obama gave the LAPD two of them to keep the possible unrest ( young black men are shot by police so often here we did not know how to react until Ferguson) after south LA watched cops murder a passive young black man with special needs the same week . Those drones arrived soon after and then the school district was given tanks, grenade launchers, and other artillery .
    As LAUSD gestapo and corrupt LAPD thugs prepare for the uprising , ELI Broad has all but completed his downtown art walk which includes a shrine to himself, an opulent arts high school with ornate architecture where there are few art or music classes, the modern art that old grifter has horded and a five star hotel for the wealthy who don’t buy the hip new condos encroaching the growing community we call skid row.
    No housing for the poor, no metal health clinics for the impaired , and non profits turning a buck by exploiting the poor who have grown so large in number the skid row ruins have become blocks of human suffering juxtaposed against Broad’s excess, which we are paying for . An arts walk parking structure that cost LA $18 million could have BEEN A NEW shelter, housing for some families who have none, vouchers for hotels this winter or art programs for those kids at the high school . $18 million could retrain police with itchy trigger fingers or put public showers and toliets on corners in skid row where people are forced to deficate on sidewalks.
    In America, pregnant teachers, young black men , homeless people and families victimized by mortgage scams and low rent employers illustrate the terrible tenor of our times. Protestors who are peaceful are arrested and detained illegally, Richard Fine A lawyer who warned the public about corrupt local judges spends over a year in jail after urging us to recuse these dirty bastards and a gadfly who keeps calling out LAUSD on its criminal antics is 51/50 ed on bogus allegations issued by a corrupt elitist sow on the school board.
    But John Deasy can bilk billions from schools, destroy teachers with wanton violations of their civil rights as he claims he is a crusader for equality while segregating ESL students to control funds meant to help them and immersion not isolation os how we do that . In this ass backward city, iPads ( which I love and cannot live without) are a civil right in schools where children eat Walmarts expired junk foods and free lunch swill Jamie Oliver wouldn’t feed his dog ; everyday LAUSD students toss out more tha $100 in food according to the district and critics.
    These schools are in disrepair and have been for decades becauseBroad scammed billions in bonds with Belmont, that arts HS and the the Ambassadr hotel now called RFK LC, all of which he lords over like they are his despite the fact we are still paying for these schools. In poor hoods schools have asbestos in the walls and roofs. There is mold, lead paint and more vermin thanks to Walmart’s BIC scam. Some structures are unsound and you can not find many places more depressing than these bleak landscapes where armed school police are an ubiquitous concession. What more do we need to prove that our situatin is so serious there is no way around rebellion ?
    The longer we put it off, the worse it will be . I believe we DO have power because we do make a difference as CCSS resistance shows. But maybe it is time to seek out Finland , France, Egypt or the UN to assist us and organize on a global scale . Teachers all over the world are being oppressed, even killed for rebelling . We may have signed on to deliver lessons but I cannot shake the idea that the gods have called upon us to be revolutionaries who restore some kind of justice to the people as we thwart these mutant plutocrats . Talk about a teachable moment.

  14. Rhonda. permalink

    When J. Jerome Harris, and early “reformer” came to Atlanta Public Schools in the 1990s he had the bright idea to force teachers to stand and teach and actually took some of their desks leaving them with no place to stash their personal items or to do their paperwork. Of course this was before the current destruction of the schools era, even before the Atlanta cheating scandal, which actually started in the early 1990s. J.J. lasted less than two years and the Board actually had to buy out his contract in order to get rid of him. Teachers raised hell in those days and Atlanta teachers, steeped in the tradition of Martin Luther King, loved a good demonstration. With the chronic teacher abuse prevalent in schools today, I wonder if they would be reluctant to even complain. Teachers are not going nto tolerate abuse for ever and Louisiana has trouble even getting professionals to work in the classrooms. We need to unite and get rid of the conservatives and force the schools back into the hands of educators.

  15. Wouldnt you like to knwo permalink

    What is laughable is the fact that your facts about “our” school are utterly incorrect. And I use the term “our” school loosely because it is evident that your agenda is not to be apart of “our” school but to bring us through the trenches and sling mud on us. Our administrators that you so willingly bash go to bat for us daily. They are not doing snapshots to try and “get” anyone. Snapshots are designed to help us. They are designed to “motivate” the unmotivated, to congratulate and praise the hard working, No one in “our” school believes this and if they do maybe they are the “asinine” ones. No one in “our” school is out to get anyone. We are here to motivate one another. I am not threatened when someone walks in my room. I am inspired to be the best they have ever seen. I welcome any and all into my classroom doors! I want them to see what an amazing job my students and I are doing. You complain about the curriculum, about completing lesson plans, about snapshots, and observations. I have one question for you. What are you there for? Not even the best teacher can teach effectively without a plan. No one curriculum is perfect. Those that spend all their time complaining about it should use their time to enrich it. We are here for our students. Our students are the ones that need us. Maybe if you spent more time planning and less time complaining and pointing fingers you wouldn’t be worried about snapshots, and scores because your students (the ones you have so carelessly lost sight of) would be flying high. I will pray for you and your posse of tired, complaining, unmotivated and frankly “LAZY’ teachers. Like my mom would say if you can’t handle the heat get out of the kitchen!

    • Well. There you have it, in fine, anonymous form.

      • wouldnt you like to know permalink

        I’m sure you gather that this is for your anonymous source which by the way has fed you with misinformation and lies about our administration! From one anynomous source to another.

      • Keith? Is that you?

    • WantToBePassionateAgain permalink

      Please, cite examples and explain how they are lies.

    • bilgewater permalink

      You are unknown to me and every other reader here. The fact that you cannot (or will not) post your name suggests to me that there is a climate of fear in your position, and if you don’t tell the world that everything is sweetness and light, then you yourself face censure or loss of your job.

      I would love to publish my name, but the bullies in my school would know it.

      If you’re a leader in your school, you shouldn’t have to fear anything if you’re telling the truth and the “truth” as you tell it is flattering for the school. Or do you have to fear?

  16. Sue D'Nem permalink

    I am glad I work where I work! I was completely unable to walk when I had my observation (my foot was broken in a car accident). I sat on a table in my classroom and taught my students with my broken foot up for most of the lesson. My administrator did not ding me on my evaluation because of my temporary disability. If I were a teacher in Lake Charles I am not sure I would have been as lucky.

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