Open letter to study group for teacher concerns

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By Gene Schmidt

I am pleased to share that School Board President Jim Hall, School Board
Vice President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, Curriculum and Instruction Director Pam
Miller, and I met with Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera and Deputy Secretary Leighann Lenti during the winter break. The conversation was cordial.
Ms. Skandera promised to review our letter and provide feedback within a week to our concerns. During the conversation, she expressed willingness to consider extending the district some flexibility in observation options.
In saying this, she appeared to welcome the district’s submission of a proposal at the end of this school year to better meet our needs for teacher observation/evaluation protocols. As part of our proposal for improving the teacher evaluation system, Ms. Skandera has asked that the district compile a year’s worth of data using the current observation protocols and value-added model.

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