Michigan City Outsources All of Its Schools

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    A poorly performing Michigan public school district has turned over its 3 schools to a private, for-profit charter school company in hopes of improving academic quality for its students.

    The future of US education. Finally, the future is starting to look bright for this sector! Competition will create better teachers, better environments, better results, and all but end the unions which have created this disaster with their cushy culture and anti-competitive ideology.

    Michigan City Outsources - WSJ.com
     
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    Hopefully they get better, Pontiac has been messed up too, the high schools and now Oakland county police took over
     
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    Better teachers?

    You mean rarer teachers.

    Only full-blown idiots will go into teaching to enjoy the "cushy culture" (proof positive you don't know poop from apple butter).

    If they don't lower the standards to having a warm body to be allowed to teach, Kelly Services will end up making a fortune. Teachers will have one day job security.
    Discipline will drop and all Johnnies get "As". Can't have complaints. All must be happy.
    What a career.
    When a student threatens his mom will come in and get you fired it will be reality, not an idle threat.
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    " Leona Group LLC, which promises to improve the learning environment and boost student performance in a district where only 22% of third graders passed state reading exams last school year and just 10% passed math. The results were even worse for high-schoolers: About 10% were proficient in reading, and none in math."


    so by the time the student gets to high school they have already had 8 math and 8 English teachers. Do you mean to tell me they are ALL bad teachers?
    This smells of poor student performance to me.


    "the district's entire professional staff was laid off, as allowed by the state emergency law, but teachers can apply for jobs with Leona. Leona has budgeted about $36,000 a year for Highland Park teachers on average, the company said—compared with almost $65,000 a year the teachers received in the 2010-11 school year.In a typical school it takes over, Leona has hired back about 70% of the teachers"

    they typically re-hire 70% of the teachers.

    so for a 45% pay decrease to why take a job in that school?


    Kids perform poorly , take a pay cut.
     
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    And by hiring back 70% of the teachers they are basically saying the problems, for the most part, were not because of bad teachers- something they knew all along.

    They got what they wanted, the same teachers working at half salary with no benefits, essentially becoming Kelly Services employees.

    How sweet it is...
     
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    our yearly evaluations will now have 40% based on student performance.

    About all our school's teachers will be fine with this as our school has a 90% plus pass rate on the state tests.

    I'm wodering what will happen to teachers in the schools like Michigan City where the students consistently underperform .

    What will those schools do ? Change the entire staff every three years?

    Are there even that many qualified teachers that can fill those slots every three years?

    Some people state that there are too many teachers and there will be no problem filling those positions. I don't believe it.

    You know yourself it takes a good 5 years to become good at teaching. At the rate things are going no one will be around long enough to become good at teaching.
     
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    Not all of the publilc schools in the USA are unionized. And 5 out 139 of the independant schools or charter schools uses unionized teachers in Michigan.
    So you will still have some union teachers teaching at the charter schools
     
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    I'm so glad I retired at the end of the school year this June.

    Morale was low as it was. Wait until the kids find out teachers will be evaluated based on test scores. The teachers in middle schools and jr highs (where rebellion is cool) will have a field day taking ISTEP, knowing the scores mean nothing to them but could ruin those mean teachers..
     

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