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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Transfers: Not a quick fix

Superintendent Pratt-Dannals said he had heard from nearly 500 teachers who wanted to transfer to turn around schools. Well why wouldn’t they, teachers that are transferring from higher performing schools to turn around schools can expect raises of 12-18 thousand dollars. Who couldn’t use the money?

The thing is, the district has for years given teachers extra pay for transferring to struggling schools and even had at one time a program in place that offered teachers at Ribault and Raines a free masters degree if they stayed at those schools. Yet nothing has changed.

Maybe just maybe the problem isn’t the teachers, maybe instead it’s the way we do things. Ignoring discipline, putting all children in a one size fits all curriculum and both micromanaging and over whelming teachers with minutia doesn’t seem to be working. Look at Ribault, Raines and Jackson as proof of this.

If we were to switch out the staffs at Ribault, Jackson, Forrest or Raines with Stanton and kept doing things the same way, we would keep getting the same results.

Chris Guerrieri
School Teacher

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