Friday, August 16, 2019

Kentucky: The State’s Attacks on Its Teachers Are Outrageous! | Diane Ravitch's blog

Kentucky: The State’s Attacks on Its Teachers Are Outrageous! | Diane Ravitch's blog

Kentucky: The State’s Attacks on Its Teachers Are Outrageous!

Clifford Wallace and Leigh Wallace, a father-daughter team of professional educators, lambaste state officials for their relentless attacks on the state’s public school teachers. 
They begin:
Leadership matters. It has the potential to influence student outcomes. Clearly, there is a lack of leadership in Frankfort. Kentucky State Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis is taking pages from the flawed and unsuccessful playbooks of his neoliberal, pro-privatization counterparts in Louisiana, Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin. From no longer requiring master’s degrees for teachers to maintain certification to promoting privatized for profit “charter schools” as the panacea to save the “failing public schools” – our “commissioner” is helping dismantle our public schools – and the teaching profession – in Kentucky.
Lewis continues to disparage professionally prepared – and experienced – educators through diminishing the significance of the complex work they do on a daily basis, insulting their commitment and expertise, threatening their pensions, and cutting programs and budgets. Recently, in addition to painting a negative narrative around our public schools and the professionals that work in them, he proposed a “pay for performance” incentive for Kentucky Public School teachers as a means to motivate them to “work harder” and ensure every student CONTINUE READING: Kentucky: The State’s Attacks on Its Teachers Are Outrageous! | Diane Ravitch's blog

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