The Segregated, Stealthy Spaces of Education Policy

As sure as the campaign signs and billboards will soon be removed across our state, the image of diverse, broad-based support and engagement presented by vote-seeking politicians will be replaced with an all-too-familiar reality: folks are most comfortable doing the business of public policy in segregated, stealthy spaces hand-in-hand with special interest groups. In the … Continue reading The Segregated, Stealthy Spaces of Education Policy

How the teacher’s union’s new teacher evaluation bill is unfair to students, teachers, and taxpayers

School is out and summer is upon us. But if anyone is paying attention, this is the week when powerful interest groups take the unsuspecting masses to school. It is the last week of Delaware’s legislative session and while most are ruminating on 4th of July plans, pressure groups are seeing their bills breeze by … Continue reading How the teacher’s union’s new teacher evaluation bill is unfair to students, teachers, and taxpayers

The Pervasive Myths about Teacher Evaluation in Delaware

Last year, Colonial School District and 13 other Delaware charter schools used the little-known flexibility in Delaware law (see 1270f) to ditch the state’s teacher evaluation system (DPAS-II) and create their own system. Early reports on these systems suggest that educators are happier with a system they worked with their district and schools to create. … Continue reading The Pervasive Myths about Teacher Evaluation in Delaware