This was in the paper today...
"From budget cuts to lawsuits and political unrest, 2010 is likely to be a challenging year for Orange County schools."
"Adding to local schools' financial burdens are a series of national education reforms being pushed by President Obama, including a plan to tie teacher evaluations to their students' performance. California is racing to implement those reforms right now and get as many school districts as possible on board."
Read the rest of the story here
Reminds me of an article I read last year by Bill Ferriter, Teacher of the Year 2005-2006, Wake County, NC. It was called A Review of Readicide.
"I'm going to admit something to you that I probably ought to keep to myself: I'm ashamed of who I am, both as a reading teacher and an outspoken member of the Teacher Leaders Network. You see, over the past five years, I've changed my instruction in an attempt to see my students score better on standardized reading tests despite a strong belief that what I'm doing is bad for kids."
Another good reason to support organizations like Childlight. In my humble opinion, they're on to something big. They're starting with the child in mind; the child as a person... imagine that.