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4 Kauai teachers protest new evaluations

By Associated Press


KILAUEA, Kauai >>  Four public school teachers on Kauai are so frustrated with new educator evaluations that they've sent the state a protest letter calling the system a "disaster."

The Kilauea Elementary School teachers complain in the letter sent earlier this month that the new system requires an overwhelming amount of work and that there hasn't been adequate training in implementing the evaluations.

The evaluations were implemented after a bitter contract dispute between the state and the Hawaii State Teachers Association.

Department of Education spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz says with anything new, there will be some who are unhappy with changes.

The Garden Island reports the nationally board certified teachers say they are in favor of evaluations but the new system is hurting morale and is too time consuming.

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readergirl wrote:
Here we go again, the teachers after entering into a contract to get what they want, (remember the drug testing contract provision) now are frustrated with the new evaluation process.
on February 24,2014 | 11:51AM
peanutgallery wrote:
HSTA needs to be abolished.
on February 25,2014 | 06:41AM
South76 wrote:
Here we go again, members of HSTA protesting to a part of a contract they have agreed to with the state to get pay raises. It is time the people of Hawaii especially those who have children attending the public school system to stand up to this government union which is only looking for raises but nothing to prove as far as moving the public school ranking up from the bottom....the evaluation of teachers, random drug testing are just some of items this greedy union has agreed on with the state, then back track--suing the state... Like you guys always say majority rule...if majority of your HSTA voted for this evaluation to get pay raise, then everyone must abide by it if you want a pay raise. What the state needs to put up in the next negotiation is you either move the state public education in ranking or no pay raise at all.....enough is enough....tax payers are being held hostage by these greedy government unions.
on February 24,2014 | 12:01PM
readergirl wrote:
on February 24,2014 | 12:05PM
kiragirl wrote:
They (teachers) ratified this contract which included teacher evaluations. Random drug testing rings the same tune. A small faction of teachers who are complaining are giving the other teachers a bad name.
on February 24,2014 | 12:47PM
HAL9000 wrote:
You teacher bashers ought to be bashing the governor for under funding education. Not only did he under fund education but took away collective bargaining also. On top of that this same governor did nothing while booze Allen Hamilton violated all Hawaiians constitution by letting them get away with tapping everyone's phones with out warrants. Teacher evaluations are based upon hidden test question and scoring them is out sourced to some company on the east coast of the United states. Our governor is responsible for this mess.
on February 25,2014 | 01:10AM
Steve96785 wrote:
Please note that these are nationally certified teachers. That is a much higher standard than the DOE uses, and is much more challenging than the new EES. What it is not is super time and personnel demanding on the entire school, nor is it subject to the likes and dislikes of overworked school level administrators. The EES is causing a total disruption to schools on every island. What teachers agreed to in the newest contract was an improved evaluation system tied to future pay raises. The new evaluation system was never specified until well after the contract. The DOE was advised by the legislature that the EES was overly cumbersome and labor intensive, but DOE admin chose it anyway. I can testify that the details of the EES have been badly designed and implemented. I strongly support the concept of rigorous evaluations of my job and that of everyone else in the DOE, including the administration. I do not support busywork instead of competency, which pretty much defines the EES.
on February 25,2014 | 06:35AM
Ulalei wrote:
The EES is a bad system that was conceptualized to gain Race to the Top funds. Once Race proposals were submitted the DOE was obligated to follow through, regardless of how far fetched an unrealistic its plans were. Some of the principles in EES are sound, however, practically it is difficult to do a thorough job on because of the time investment of the administrator to rate all teachers annually.
on February 25,2014 | 07:39AM
thos wrote:

This so called new “evaluation” system - - that was hatched by non teaching DOE bureaucrats in pursuit of MONEY that was sprung on teachers AFTER they agreed in principle to more effective evaluation but BEFORE the details of this ugly thing were revealed - - will require principals to go from evaluating a teacher every five years to evaluating EVERY teacher EVERY year.

This will inflict an enormous paperwork overload on both principals and teachers - - who are already stressing out over the ill defined terra incognita of “common core” - - further diverting their efforts from what SHOULD be most important, classroom teaching.

Far from getting rid of bad teachers this will offer good teachers - - who love teaching and hate all the make believe busywork paper shuffling - - who can possibly retire a chance to bolt for the exit. And a great amount of competent teaching talent will be flushed out to be replaced by what? Teach for America short timers and long term substitute teachers.

Mark my words - - this new eval system will hurt kids as never before. THEY will be the real losers, but of course upwardly mobile, obscenely over paid, desk driving, non-teaching bureaucrats will do just fine and that is all that counts.

on February 25,2014 | 10:56AM
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