A Friend of Unfair Park who teaches in the Dallas Independent School District directs our attention to school board trustee Carla Ranger's blog, because we missed last night's post concerning a proposal to trim teachers' minimum contracts from two years to one. (The max, incidentally, appears to be five.) Writes Ranger in her introduction to a teacher's plea:
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The latest proposal to cut teacher contracts from two years to one may further weaken teacher confidence and create greater teacher fear. Teachers crippled by fear are inhibited from doing their best work and teacher morale suffers.
My belief is that good teachers are more important than Trustees, a Superintendent, or top staff. Teachers ought to be able to teach in a District that respects the very important role they will always play in student achievement.
It appears this proposal may not be supportive of teachers who are sometimes blamed and held accountable for everything.