Education: A Golden Age

“The education sector’s structure and policies will change more in the next 3 years than they changed in the last 2,500 years”

Washington, DC: towards student-demand-driven teacher allocation


A Contract for Change

Reform of D.C. schools hinges on new teacher rules

Washington Post editorial | Friday, February 22, 2008

Rules that put the interests of teachers ahead of the educational needs of children must be changed if Ms. Rhee is to succeed in transforming the system.

One hopeful sign in the negotiations is the presence of George Parker as president of the once scandal­ ridden Washington Teachers’ Union. Mr. Parker is a reform-­minded union leader who realizes that the old ways have not worked. A revealing portrait of him in the City Paper demonstrated that it was his leadership that resulted in unprecedented contract language pledging cooperation with the system and some stabs at reforms, as well as union support for Ms. Rhee’s selection as chancellor. “I think unions in general have to step up to the plate and give educating children a high priority,” Mr. Parker told the City Paper.

Mr. Parker and Ms. Rhee are said to have a good working relationship. The question, though, is whether Mr. Parker will be able to bring his membership along. Given the exodus of students from the public schools, union members would do well to think about what kind of jobs they will have if new ideas are not given a chance.


2008/03/19 - Posted by | Policy, US, Washington DC

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