June 25 | San Gabriel Valley Tribune

The forces aligned against school reform suffered a loss this month when a judge ruled that of course student test scores must be a factor in evaluating the performance of public school teachers.

OK, perhaps the "of course" is inferred. But one can imagine Superior Court Judge James Chalfant rolling his eyes at the absurdity of having to rule on what is essentially common sense. That is the crazy place that public education has reached in the 21st century - a world in which teachers are protected to the detriment of students, in which districts are unable to judge teachers on whether they are actually getting results.

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