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Jack O'Connell
Parents have the right to know

SACRAMENTO -- Grading teachers based on how much their students learn should be a no-brainer.In fact, state law for more than three decades has required that pupil progress be one of the factors in evaluating teachers.But, as it turns out, when someone actually does that -- measures teachers against their students' test scores -- it becomes highly contentious.It's also groundbreaking and revolutionary, a potentially long leap toward substantial reforms in California education.And it's inevitable.We're well into the 21st century. New technological toys are invented every week. Students take year-end standardized tests designed to measure their progress. That's public information. It...

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