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Notes from the news, July 11

notes from the news imageHearing begins on Truebright's imperiled charter The Inquirer
The charter, one of 130 charter schools run by followers of a Turkish imam, has poor academic performance.

Organizers raise funds to offer free summer school The Inquirer
A church and community organization provide a service the District can no longer afford.

Camden charter school hires controversial administrator Courier-Post
Former South Philly High principal LaGreta Brown, who was criticized for her handling of ethnically-charged violence there, is now working for a Camden charter.

New firm, old results: Education reforms that fail our students PFT blog
PFT president Jerry Jordan says latest SRC reform plans ignored teacher and community input and rehash past strategies.

Teachers want the role of unions to change, survey says The Hechinger Report

Roundup from the Keystone State Education Coalition

The power of underachievers Inquirer blog
Pulitzer Prize winner Sue Snyder talks about her own academic journey.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 11, 2012 2:19 pm

Still, a growing number of teachers believe that unions should play a role in making it easier to fire ineffective teachers. “Teachers pay the greatest price for incompetent teachers,” one teacher wrote in response to the survey. “Year after year, [other teachers] pick up the slack.”

Amen. Most of us are good teachers or at least pretty good. Anyone who has had to pick up slack for a bad teacher knows it can drastically increase your workload. I hope our next contract acknowledges that there are bad teachers and works to protect good teachers but allows districts to cut dead weight.

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