The teachers unions are in full attack mode. They’re fighting common sense reforms that would bring performance pay for teachers. We should reward the teachers who enable our students to achieve! But some on the Thompson school board are fighting to stop even these modest reforms. Click here to fill out the form telling the Thompson Education Association to stand up to the teacher’s unions!

Defend the taxpayers and the students’ rights to their education; show your support at the school board meeting Wednesday, May 20th 5:00 pm at the Administrative BLDG 800 S. Taft Ave. in Loveland, CO.

See You There!

5 thoughts

  1. I’ve asked Board Member Bryce Carlson about how he envisions pay for performance to work, and have not received a reply after about two weeks. I mentioned my concerns that if tied to testing results, than only teachers of English and Math (and certain grades of science teachers) could earn performance pay. This leaves out other subject areas, like art, music, and PE that studies have shown to contribute to critical thinking and academic success. I wonder if a great teacher will want to share ideas that work with others if it puts them in competition with each other. I have one child who is a great test taker, and another very talented child who does not excel at standardized tests–this is out of the teacher’s control (and frankly, I have never been overly excited about test results, versus actual learning). There are many questions about whether pay for performance is appropriate for the field of education. By the way, I’m a parent, not a teacher or affiliated with the TEA. I would like more information about any district where pay for performance has actually proven to improve teachers and schools. Lots of ideas that sound good often have unintended consequences.

  2. I’m curious why a libertarian website would be seem to be trying to interfere in a local issue? I’m a parent in the Thompson School District and have been a volunteer in the schools the past twelve years. The “common sense” reforms you refer to have not been adequately explained or proven by any data to be right for our district. There are many reasons why a person who really sits down and thinks about how to design a pay for performance program for education would suddenly discover how difficult, and potentially counter-productive it might be. The problem with our majority board members is that they are so convinced they are right, that they feel no obligation to involve parents, teachers or students in the dialogue. They have consistently ignored our questions, and other than vague generalities, cannot define what their reforms are. You can see for yourself if you watch the videos from our District website.

  3. I have been attending TSDBOE meetings since this board was seated. When they were elected, they had intriguing ideas about school choice, fiscal responsibility, and diversity and I couldn’t wait to see them implemented. http://ballotpedia.org/Bryce_Carlson http://ballotpedia.org/Donna_Rice However, since then, they have been on the defensive. There hasn’t been an opportunity to discuss ideas or implementation in any detail because of the hostility and disruptions that have become commonplace at the BOE meetings. As a citizen, I am extremely frustrated. In the beginning, the majority board members were interested in the community, teacher, and student voices. Now it seems they are simply too distracted and it’s not practical to engage the TEA when it is always a fight.

    One reform they have been working toward since the beginning is the pay for performance program. Teachers bring up great points when they talk about their concerns, but I am certain that the metric would not be dependent upon standardized tests. In fact, these majority members of the board were originally opposed to the increase in standardized testing but they have not been able to act on that. I cannot speak for the board, but it is my supposition that they would consult Douglas County or some Denver schools on the pay for performance plan. Districts that implement these enjoy tremendous success and most teachers enjoy pay increases. DougCo depends on outside instruction, parent surveys, lesson planning, and a variety of metrics. http://www.nctq.org/docs/Douglas_County_Documents.pdf

    http://www.ed.gov/labor-management-collaboration/conference/douglas-county-school-district In a radio interview, an official said that since the pay for performance plan has been implemented, they have attracted and retained talented teachers and their hiring pool has increased. I would love to see what it could do for Loveland schools. Great teachers deserve great pay.

  4. Abigailsarsenal–Have we been at the same meetings? I have watched the minority board members ask very intelligent questions about these issues only to have Mr Kerrigan use his gavel and ability to turn off the microphone to shut down dialogue. I have seen Mr Kerrigan simply “tolerate” public comment–working on his notes or phone instead of courteously listening to community members (and I’ve been one of those ignored voices). They can’t discuss their intriguing ideas because these are not their ideas, I suspect, and they haven’t studied the results enough to present a compelling argument for the audience. And I hope you are doing your own research about Douglas county results, because you can say anything on the radio, but that doesn’t guarantee that it’s true. I will check out your links and try to see if the evidence supports the claims.

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