Stratford Teacher Blasts Gov. Malloy for Tenure Remark

Bunnell physics teacher Kristen Record, Connecticut's 2011 Teacher of the Year, quoted by published article.

, who teaches physics at Bunnell High School in Stratford, was among the teachers quoted in a published article wondering where Gov. Dannel Malloy got his ideas on teacher tenure.

The Connecticut Post’s Linda Conner Lambeck quoted Record criticizing Malloy for the governor’s comment that teachers earn tenure by just showing up for work for four years and then they keep their jobs without concern for how well they teach.

Not so, said the employee and other teachers, who blasted the governor for not knowing how the state’s teacher certification process works.

Editor's note: This article's original publication date of Feb. 19 has been altered for layout preferences.

Helene E. Logan February 21, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I have respect for good teachers, but I certainly encountered a large number of tenured, going-through-the-motions teachers back in the 70's. Fairfield (where I attended some school) seemed to be really good at marketing the school system as some jewel of higher learning, but I found it wasn't nearly as good as the system I came from in another state. This has been a problem for a long time. But parents also need to be involved. Teachers should not be expected to babysit poorly reared kids. And at least back then, there seemed to be more parent involvement in their child's education. There is no easy answer, no black & white response. Everyone is guilty of some part of the problem, and somehow it has to be addressed and solutions considered. Simply 'blasting' one another won't fix it.
FREEDOM February 21, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Let's boil this down to the purest form. If your job (yes you .. not a teacher) depended on evaluations based off the performance of something so volatile (say the results of thirty 7th graders math tests), you would demand more money. People in the financial services field (traders) operate under this form and a portion of their compensation accounts for that risk. There are better ways to evaluate teachers. Saying we should be linking it to performance is just an easy way to blow hot air.
Kip Steele February 21, 2012 at 08:56 PM
But how is it volatile if you are teaching them to learn what the core competencies are in the subject? Data driven results accounting for a high percentage of the review should be an important driver. And I think like working on a trading desk,which I have done, you post the results for the entire world to see so the school and the other teachers are aware of how results get done. But I also think that a baseline of the students performance should also be gained upon entry into a classroom as many of the students are at varying levels.
Kip Steele February 21, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Actually, the impact of a bad school system does cause decay in a town due to lower valuation in housing prices. The lower the prices, the lower the tax base and funding for services like police. A bad school can be a breeding ground for drop outs and further perpetuate the decline. Check Google as there loads of articles on this. It would be also interesting to see if the model of teachers long term compensation changed to a bonus based structure with 401k match rather than a pension. You want to get the support of the townspeople, then the services rendered should match what most people have rather than the continued sapping of tax dollars to fund healthcare for former employees.
FREEDOM February 22, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Still won't work. Think trough it. You may be able to establish a base where the child starts from, but you can not predict if the child can actually learn the material. Even if he or she had the best teach they may not be able to digest the material. Would you want to be held accountable for doing your job correctly but be penalized because a student can't learn. Too many factors to create an approach based off results.


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