Minneapolis school board votes to sign on to Q Comp

  • Article by: Steve Brandt , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 10, 2013 - 9:27 PM

Participation in pay program now requires a 70 percent vote of support from district teachers.

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tandabuss1Sep. 10, 13 9:38 PM

If the union is supporting this proposal, you can be sure that any teacher accountability has been removed from it.

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dflleftSep. 10, 13 9:41 PM

WITH a 43% Graduation rate, teacher tenure reform would help a lot more and cost less; but my understanding is that the unions will never go for it.

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freedumb86Sep. 10, 1310:32 PM

Teacher Tenure works in Mahtomedi, Edina, Minnetonka, Roseville, Moundsview, Whitebear Lake, Stillwater, Orono, Mound, etc. just to name a few. Try again.

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Spiker1Sep. 10, 1310:37 PM

@dflleft: Explain how teacher tenure reform will have any effect on graduation rates??? Do you know anything about education, or do you just like to bash teachers for the fun of it??? In order for a student to drop out, they need to have parental permission.....graduating from high school needs to seen as something important by both the parent and student...if the parents don't care or are not involved, students don't care either....

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dtmonkeyboySep. 10, 1311:13 PM

How do you teach kids that don't show up for class? Or the students that go to 6 different schools during the year because the family moves from one family member to another to escape from living on the street? The 43% graduation rate reflects these kids...and you simply can't hold the teachers accountable for theses kids.

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elmore1Sep. 10, 1311:20 PM

When will we quit treating teachers like cattle? It would be nice to give them incentive to actually exceed at their jobs and be rewarded for it.

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rshacklefordSep. 11, 13 2:05 AM

(Spiker1 wrote): "@dflleft: Explain how teacher tenure reform will have any effect on graduation rates??? Do you know anything about education, or do you just like to bash teachers for the fun of it???" ---- Ooooh, ooooh (as I raise my hand)! I know this one. Tenure reform will get rid of the old codgers that cannot relate to the current/present social interactions of students and those students' use of technology. The teachers that can no longer "keep up with the demands of their jobs" can be replaced by newly minted teachers that have enthusiasm, energy, proper training, mastery of "today's world," and can relate to their students. Their students will show up to class, learn more, and increase the graduation rate. If you didn't know, kids generally do not enjoy working with those who could be their grandparents. The kids are well aware of "the tenure game" so they disinterestedly do the bare minimum of work and get out of that classroom. Do not confuse feigned respect with what is actually patient tolerance. Oh, and I didn't find providing to you this logical explanation any fun.

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Willy53Sep. 11, 13 6:34 AM

Q-comp? Let it die a natural death. It will not achieve any objectives and only foster lack of teamwork among members. Businesses hav long known that the way to reward and foster teamwork and exceptionalism is through a company wide bonus system. When the whole improves the whole is rewarded. That's when teamwork is emphasized and the individual talents of all work best together producing better results. Q-comp does nothing but divide and condemn teach unions. That was it's main objective, not improving the lot of students.

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mdachsSep. 11, 13 6:41 AM

Elmore1, by standing by their unions, the teachers want to be treated like cattle. They don't want performance evaluations and they don't want to be paid for excellng. They do want tp be paid like factory workers - get a raise for each year they work.

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