Ask any junior or senior at SHS whos' taking advanced Spanish about fellow peers they may be aware of who have felt compelled to drop this foreign language after 2 to 3 years of concerted effort. Without a doubt they'll tell you the reason many students are (perennially) forced to bail toward another elective is because of subpar performance of a certain SJHS teacher. Letters / e-mails have been sent by a number of frustrated parents around the district to the superintendent, who most certainly has to be acutely aware of the situation.<quoted text>
These days, we hear it all over the media. We even hear about it at sports events, like major league baseball games. Nationally, statewide, and locally, there are forces that are putting on a lot of effort and expense in order to build and promote the overall image of American public school teachers.
This is disturbing in that it's contributing to increased public misconception about teachers.
As aforementioned, Springboro has a lot of excellent teachers. Springboro unfortunately also has under union contract a certain number of teachers who are both tenured, are currently too inept to teach, and/or are underperforming. Unless an offense is particularly serious (such as theft) locally, the SEA goes out of its way to cover the backs of teachers. Also locally, regardless of whether they're effective or ineffective, Springboro's reigning superintendent is obviously all about covering the backs of his subordinates.
So, where is the crime being committed? Begin by peeking inside the door of the local teachers union. Both locally and nationally, teachers union reps are trained to absolutely refuse to accept "educator underperformace" as a legitimate reason to attend a hearing in order to consider a teacher's dismissal.
While the American teacher continues to be placed onto a collective pedestal, students here in the Boro as well as all over the nation continue to get cheated out of better, more rewarding K-12 educations. To cut to the chase, either severely amending or completely abolishing teacher employment tenure policy will make great strides toward opening many doors for this nations' students by the way of increasing the overall quality of their K-12 education. This will allow superindendents to not be intimidated (as many are today) by union-mandated employment policy. By having more reign to disciple teachers, by having more reign to call teachers to the BOE podium to respond to alleged discretions, superintendents will then be free to finally place focus where it has belonged all along -.on students. Because students overall will then enjoy a better quality of teacher, an elimination /restriction of tenure eventually sets the stage for students to realize better post-graduate opportunites.
The fact of the matter is, if an educator has achieved tenure, teacher's union contracts prohibit public school district administrators / BOE's to doing not a lot more than wrist-slapping (i.e. Molly gate)........unless any offense is heightened to the seriousness of theft, etc.