Monday, May 30, 2016

When “doing God’s work” means firing half a school’s teachers |

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When “doing God’s work” means firing half a school’s teachers

Marion P. Thomas Charter School--out with the old.
Marion P. Thomas Charter School–teachers are to blame for poor PARCC test scores.


The administrators of the Newark charter school that fired half of its teaching staff have blamed the instructors they hired for poor test scores and all but told worried parents to butt out of their decision-making–even when, as they concede, the decisions are “painful” and “drastic.”

Dr. Karen P. Thomas, CEO and Superintendent of the Marion P. Thomas Charter School
Dr. Karen P. Thomas, CEO and Superintendent of the Marion P. Thomas Charter School

Karen Thomas, who refers to herself as  chief executive officer and supeirntendent of the Marion P. Thomas charter school (MPTCS), responded to protests from parents and teachers (and some students) by insisting it was doing the right thing by kicking to the sidewalk 37 of its 79 teaching staff members–men and women her administration hired and, presumably, trained and evaluated over the last five years. Men and women who were just given raises.
Scores registered by Marion P. Thomas students on the state-required PARCC tests were especially poor–and Karen Thomas is blaming that on the teachers. Indeed, she even states the student scores were the teachers’ scores:
“The 2014 PARCC test scores for MPTCS students and teachers  documented that more than half of our scholars are not achieving at the required levels of proficiency,” Thomas wrote in a letter to school parents. (Emphasis mine).
Note that the school, publicly funded but privately operated,  considers these scores the scores of the teachers. That’s quite a leap–although it fits right in with the teaching of Chris Christie, the Great White Hope of charter schools who argues that “selfish” public school teachers are to blame for the failures of schools that are When “doing God’s work” means firing half a school’s teachers |:
 

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