REPORT: In a State Controlled By Teachers Unions, Schools Are Failing Students – by Donn Marten
For a state that often presents itself as being morally and culturally superior to the rest of the country, California has some serious issues, and one of them is the quality of education.
According to a bombshell report, the state’s schools are badly failing students, and one of the top causes lies in the quality of teachers.
The National Council on Teacher Quality’s 2017 State Teacher Policy Yearbook nearly flunked California with a dismal D-plus grade.
Fortunately for the state, a B in teacher pay was enough to offset three F’s out of the nine categories reviewed on the report card.
Let’s hear it for those unions!
Education: Report grades down California's school https://t.co/26Hwm0J1Mv
— Santa Cruz Sentinel (@scsentinel) December 27, 2017
The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports:
California ranks below 31 other public-school systems and earns just a D+ in ensuring teacher quality, according to a new report aimed at spurring states to improve teacher preparation.
The Washington, D.C.-based National Council on Teacher Quality’s 2017 State Teacher Policy Yearbook evaluated and graded states on teacher preparation, evaluation, compensation and other factors that contribute to successful teaching. Since its last survey in 2015, the nonprofit, non-partisan council found that California and most states stagnated in their progress.
“States’ teacher policies have an enormous impact on the quality of education in the state,” said Elizabeth Ross, the council’s managing director of state policy in a statement on the report’s findings.
In an emailed response Tuesday, California Board of Education President Michael Kirst called the organization that produced the report “an advocacy group with its own arbitrary criteria for state grades” […]
The council looked at nine policy areas in reviewing the 50 states and the District of Columbia. California earned an F in hiring, in teacher and principal evaluation and in retention of effective teachers. The golden state failed to meet the council’s goal of using student growth to measure teacher effectiveness, or of maintaining data needed for teacher evaluation. The state also did not meet similar goals for ensuring the effectiveness of school principals.
California has consistently earned a D+ since the council’s first survey in 2009, although it dropped to a D in 2015. In a 2014 council survey of just teacher credential programs, the council rated California universities a D+.
It’s predictable that the CBOA president would cry foul by attempting to dismiss the findings and discredit the organization. California has embraced an “us versus them” attitude towards the rest of the country ever since President Trump won the election last year.
Despite an overwhelming advantage in the Golden State, Mrs. Clinton and her cult-like following ran up against the hard reality of the Electoral College, and it really hurts California to have it pointed out that they really aren’t so special after all. The NCTQ report is just rubbing salt into a still-festering wound.
The Sentinel story does point out the one bright spot of the B when it comes to pay, but that is misleading. California is at the top of the list of the most expensive places to live in the nation, and it is only natural that teachers would be compensated at a higher rate than those in more affordable areas.
The pay also doesn’t seem to be translating into providing the most quality form of education for students who suffer from an increased emphasis on politically correct curriculum like LGBT history and transgender studies, which would seem to do little to prepare students for the real world and displace time that is better spent on more important subjects rather than ideological indoctrination.
Don’t look for much help from Sacramento when it comes to improving educational conditions, either. The Democrats rule the state government in a one-party manner reminiscent of the old Soviet Politburo, and that isn’t going to change anytime soon.