Teachers Work To Remove Other Incompetent Teachers


The Washington Post (6/23, Mathews) reports on movements in the Greater Washington DC area for teachers to rate and evaluate their peers. The move has been adopted by teachers unions in the area and has garnered little opposition. Other areas of the country are also reportedly adopting policies that reduce emphasis on seniority by age and focus more on teacher quality and removing poor performers from instructional areas via evaluations. According to one former union leader who remarked on how a poor teacher’s presence had hurt many students, “Why shouldn’t our union be willing to negotiate a more streamlined dismissal process or some kind of tenure review that will make it easier to dismiss this teacher without denying others’ rights?”