CORE waiver bad for SCUSD

03/31/2014 9:03 AM

04/01/2014 12:27 PM

Re "Teachers' union fights new plan" (Our Region, March 30): Teachers, don't oppose the CORE waiver because we're against improving schools, but because using student test scores to evaluate teachers is like taking a child's temperature to see if your air conditioner works. There are too many variables involved.

Further, the CORE waiver commits our district to spending money it doesn't have. It makes it easier to close schools, which the community doesn't want.

Finally, if a teacher's very livelihood is tied to test scores, you can only imagine how test-focused classrooms will become. The CORE waiver is a terrible idea, which is why the only way it could be implemented was without the knowledge of parent, teacher and community stakeholders. Patrick Kennedy feels the school board gave their assent, but I certainly wonder how that was done without a vote or without ever being on a school board agenda.

-- Kara Synhorst, Sacramento

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