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Should teacher evaluations be made public?

Response Percent Votes
59% 501
40% 345
Total 846


KS 3 years, 2 months ago

They are getting paid with public money, why not? The whole program should be transparent? How about that for an Obama word?

Richard Heckler 3 years, 2 months ago

Before anybody says yes it would best to wait to see how this NOT necessary nonsense is written up in the legislature.

This is not about teaching quality. This is another back door approach to discredit the public school system in order for for Gov Sam Brownback to turn billions of OUR tax dollars to private industry. Private industry and fraud sleep together

Obscene CEO wages,golden parachutes,shareholders and special interest campaign contributions will be part of the package. None of which improve the quality of anything.

Public Education is not broken. The political system is broken at the local,state and federal levels.

gl0ck0wn3r 3 years, 2 months ago

Says the guy who home schools his kid.

Jayhawk1958 3 years, 2 months ago

Only if CEO's of major companies have to as well. Teachers do more for the country then any CEO.

purplesage 3 years, 2 months ago

Semi-public, perhaps. Possibly to administration and BOE. The public in general doesn't know what that teacher has to work with. He / she is not the only responsible person for the results. But, on the other hand, the resistance to accountability on part of the education establishment, and the teacher's unions in particular, makes it look like there's something to hide.

kugrad 3 years, 2 months ago

Let's let the public rate Brownback's performance. Ditto for our State senators and representatives. How would you like your confidential employee evaluation online?

Abdu Omar 3 years, 1 month ago

They will rate Brownback and all other elected officials when they come up for reelection. I for one, am not going to vote for Brownback under any circumstances. He has shown me he is not on the side of the average Kansan but in lock step with big business. Not good at all. I hope others can see it too.

However, teachers are employees of the school district, not elected officials. Like all personnel matters, it comes under the right to privacy of an employee. If you want to know how your kids teachers are doing, go to school and see for your self.

grammaddy 3 years, 1 month ago

Amen! Parents who are concerned about the abilities of those teaching their children should become more involved in the process. How many parents only communicate with those teachers at conference time?

Sunny Parker 3 years, 2 months ago

KUGRAD I belive Brownbacks performance will be rated when he is reelected.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 2 months ago

Public Education is a best bang for the tax buck and it keeps bringing our tax dollars home. This the economy is thankful. These jobs support many other jobs within the community.

USD 497 prepared both our children for their endeavors.

Sometimes our politicians screw up the future with their personal agenda's. They assume we elect them to pursue their personal agendas which of course is not the case.

HelenaBertinelli 3 years, 2 months ago

I don't really understand what the point of this would be. What? So parents can look at the evaluations and put their kids with the highest rated teachers? That's not what would happen here. The parents who distrust the public school system, and don't have their children involved in it anyway, would just use this as another thing to criticize. Everyone else wouldn't really pay attention to the evals anyway. So basically nothing would be accomplished or changed.

As for all those calling for evaluations of elected officials, I'm with sunny. They are evaluated every election cycle.

booyalab 3 years, 1 month ago

To the people who don't want the evaluations public, what are you afraid we might find out?

booyalab 3 years, 1 month ago

If healthcare was public, being able to choose my doctor on the basis of an evaluation would be the next best thing to the system not being public.

People want quality service professionals in every other area of their life, I don't know why public teachers get a free pass to be mediocre.

james bush 3 years, 1 month ago

If you release teachers' evaluations then every government employee's evaluation should be released..........and maybe the evaluations of any firm's employees who are working on government projects. Evaluations are made by imperfect people according to imperfect systems.

Deb Engstrom 3 years, 1 month ago

Unless I missed something, what they are wanting to make public is teacher evaluations based on their students' standardized test scores. Hopefully they will never move to this basis for teacher evaluation. No personnel issues are public record and shouldn't be.

Clara Westphal 3 years, 1 month ago

As a retired teacher of 38 years, I can tell you this type of thing becomes a popularity contest..

Richard Heckler 3 years, 1 month ago

" If politicians really want this, there are probably companies that could help develop a system. It would costs probably tens of millions, just for Kansas, let alone the entire nation.

A better approach? Actually fund the mentoring and staff development laws on the books, which are routinely ignored or underfunded.

Quit cutting school budgets, as the programs most needed to help the at risk child are often the first to be eliminated.

Fund more extended learning, Saturday schools, summer schools and extended school years for all. That would go a long way towards the solution being sought---more learning for all students and better career-long professional development for all licensed staff, teachers and leaders." Made in China

Now we're talking......

Stephen Roberts 3 years, 1 month ago

Merrill the best way to stop the reduction in schools budgets is to pay more taxes. Start ponying up more. I know my state taxes have gone up over the last four years but when you make more you should expect that but how about you?????

Also, we should think about taxing lawn mowing businesses that use gas mowers and trimmers more because of the environmental impact of their business. Any reason why we shouldn't?

Joe Hyde 3 years, 1 month ago

I want a system instituted whereby 6 months prior to election day all candidates for state office are required to take an IQ exam along with a Minnesota Multi-phasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), the results of both exams then to be posted publicly on the Internet. This would let us voters weed out not just the dull-witted candidates but also those whose campaign smiles conceal dangerous pathologies.

Eileen Jones 3 years, 1 month ago

No. Not unless the evaluations of everyone who works in a taxpayer-paid position has to make theirs public. And not unless entities who make political contributions are public.

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