Idaho could benefit from examining the successful models of several States and hiring a professional grant writer and some technical experts who could better inform the development of a better-conceived application to fund the work that the State so desperately needs.
Despite consistent criticism from educators around the state to tying compensation and certification to student growth as measured by standardized tests (SBAC), the Tiered Licensure Committee continues to insist that compensation and teacher certification be tied to student test scores.
During last year’s legislative session I sent dozens of emails to various state representatives and senators.
I understand that the session is a marathon of sorts with in incredible amount of work to be accomplished in a very short period of time. I also get that during this time legislators are inundated with phone calls and emails from citizens across the state.
In other words, I get that they’re busy. Yet, I was flabbergasted when I didn’t receive a single response from a single representative or senator. None. Zip. Continue reading →
The semester is drawing to a close for many secondary schools, including my own, across the state during the next few weeks. With this closing comes the ritualistic ceremony of the dreaded end of course exam.