The Truth — Or At Least Part of the Truth

The State of Washington has become the first state to lose its temporary exemption to the No Child Left Behind.

The loss of the exemption, and Washington had been on probation because Washington was dragging its feet on using test scores as one criteria for evaluating teachers. The loss of the exemption means the loss of millions of dollars and thousands of teachers.

This loss of exemption was the result of union pressure on the state legislature, a fact that was memorialized by the Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn:

“…Student progress should be one of multiple elements in a teachers evaluation. Unfortunately, the teachers union felt it was more important to protect their members than agree to that change and pressured the Legislature not to act.

(Of course, the Washington Post reported the loss of the exemption, but ignored the condemnation by the Superintendent of the teacher union as the reason for the loss of the exemption.)

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