To the editor: Supt.
If what Deasy is saying is true, a fact about which I am incredulous, then teacher hiring practices need revamping. The response to learning that another teacher is more effective than you should be to ask for teaching tips.
The three-judge panel ought to be ashamed as well for calling it a "specter" when parents demand that their children be taught by the highest quality teachers. When the judges' rich friends clamor to pay top dollar for their children to have a place in the highest performing private schools, do the judges call it a "specter" then?
Adreana Langston, Long Beach
To the editor: I think it's quite sad that anyone thinks the answer to the problems in our educational system is to publicly shame teachers as if they are criminals.
It doesn't take much common sense to figure out what would happen on any school campus where teachers' names were released in connection to their job performance. Anyone remember the teacher who killed himself, a death that those close to him said might be blamed on his "value added" rankings being published?
Parents and staff already know the "good" and "bad" teachers on campus. If real reform is to occur in education, the focus needs to be on making it easier get rid of those teachers and administrators who aren't pulling their weight, among other things.