RttT Handicaps: CA & NY, etc

Great to have Gov Schwarzenegger late to the EdReform party, but his RttT-incentivized proposal, outlined in the LA Times, has little chance of passing the dysfunctional CA legislature. Some observers expect “the grand-daddy of fights.” But do you recall the Gov’s sensible proposal to change tenure-granting from the second year of teaching to the third? The CTA killed it with a $60M campaign.

I’m only slightly more optimistic about NY. Both states have laws prohibiting linking student data to teacher evaluation (NY’s is specific to tenure decisions). In addition, neither state has the required data system.

LA superintendent Ray Cortines has suggested the mega-districts like LA and NYC should be able to apply directly to RttT. Ray is a good man, but LA is bankrupt financially and educationally and would stand no chance of winning even if they pass Yolie’s proposal requiring a new school RFPs. NYC would stand a much better chance of winning—Klein’s reforms compare favorably to any state. However, Duncan team appears committed to the proposed language.

And, no I don’t think WV or other states without charters will/should qualify for RttT despite the lobbying that is cranking up.

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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