This may turn out to be a historic week for
The amendment was signed Monday after being approved by
But judging from what I saw during a visit to
Among other things, the amendment establishes mandatory teacher evaluations and requires that hiring and the promotion and merit pay of teachers be subject to evaluation scores. It also allows schools to fire under-performing teachers, something that has been strongly resisted by the union.
Until now, Gordillo's 1.7 million-member union has pretty much decided who gets hired as a teacher, and who gets promoted. Thanks to the union's political power - it even has a political party with senators and congressmen - teachers in
This had led to declining education standards and corruption. In voluntary evaluation tests performed in recent years, more than half of
As a result of this perverse education system,
When I asked the president's chief of staff,
Nuno said that it's in the government's interest that the education reform be fully enforced, because that will allow
"If you pass an effective reform, you are politically stronger to pass the next reform," Nuno said.
Asked about Gordillo's arrest,
My opinion: While Gordillo's arrest made the biggest headlines by far, the most important test for
It won't be a matter of firing hundreds of thousands of teachers who get bad evaluations. The teachers' union rightly states that bad teachers deserve to be trained, and that they deserve a second - and perhaps third - chance to get tested. But if this process is allowed to stretch over 10 years, or be open-ended, as the teachers' union wants,
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