August 21 | The San Francisco Chronicle

California is getting a lesson on how not to improve schools, courtesy of well-entrenched teacher unions. At issue are teacher evaluations based on student scores - a measuring stick that unions hate - and a pending state law that's been gutted to serve this labor group.

The state Senate has a last-ditch chance to reject the measure, AB5, which basically eliminates statewide requirements that student test results be used as one measure of teacher performance.

For years, California has lived with a mandate that teachers' performance be evaluated by a multitude of measures, including classroom tests, but this requirement was largely ignored. Student performance, no matter how abysmal, was never attributed to a teacher, even if year after year test scores suggested a problem in the classroom.

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