Four school districts eligible for fu...

Four school districts eligible for funding

There are 3 comments on the The Medina Gazette story from Aug 28, 2010, titled Four school districts eligible for funding. In it, The Medina Gazette reports that:

Four of the county's seven school districts were notified this week they are eligible to receive Race to the Top funding, but they are still waiting to learn exactly what that means.

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questioning

Medina, OH

#1 Aug 29, 2010
Why didn't Medina apply? If they are so short of funds I would think that they woud jump at the chance for more income.

Could it be that the teachers would have to show accountability? I understand the unions wouldn't sign off. Isn't it the School Board and not the unions that should be making these decisions?
in the middle

Strongsville, OH

#2 Aug 31, 2010
Hah! Same here in our district. Damn the unions. They are useless and have no accountability. They are not the ones who make the budgets the board does. It's the boards responsibility to serve the union first and the residents and students last else the union will throw a 2 year old's tantrum and threaten a strike. No one wants to see the children go uneducated so they grab by the balls and twist as tight as they can. Pay me first and whatever is left you can spend on textbooks and classrooms.

But to address your comment, I'm sure there was some union restriction that couldn't be compromised. Damn what the students needs, our teachers are not going without.
MCS

Medina, OH

#3 Aug 31, 2010
The unions don't like it because their job is to protect the teachers' interests. It wouldn't be in the teachers' interests to be accountable for student test results and outcomes. Part of Race to the Top is measuring teacher effectiveness. If a teacher comes out ineffective according to the measures, the teacher's job is on the line. The union/teacher side say there are many factors effecting student test results and outcomes. They claim teachers are not responsible and should not be blamed if the an alarming proportion of children in the teacher's classroom are consistent failures, year after year.

Essentially, this accountability could effect tenure.

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