NORFOLK, VA – We’re always told that more taxpayer dollars must be spent on public education. “It’s for the children!” is the mantra that was turned into a punch line during the administration of former President Bill Clinton. Yet, using data as to whether or not a student actually learned when evaluating teachers was anathema, until now. Starting this fall, up to 40% of a Virginia teacher’s evaluation will be based on whether or nor a student has actually progressed during the year.
It’s about time! It would be great if states like Maryland actually learned a lesson. Sadly, when the teachers’ unions are the biggest lobbyists in Annapolis, parents shouldn’t get their hopes up.