The slippery slope of grading schools is a continued initiative to move beyond that and attempt to grade teachers. For years we have heard the discussion of merit pay for educators as a way to implement a pay raise. This sounds like a wonderful idea on the surface as a way to reward the good teachers and encourage the bad ones to leave, but the reality goes much deeper. The program sought by the Governor and her allies in the legislature is not set up to fairly evaluate the teacher. Competitive salaries for teachers will help attract better educators, not an unfair grading system.
Many of these ideas have good intentions, but we know about the road and paving it with good intentions. If we want to do right by our students, we should get out of the testing of school districts and of teachers and simply allow them to do their jobs and let the local school boards drive towards higher standards through the accountability to their local school district voters.
On a final note, Take Shelter Oklahoma kicked off their “Get Your Twenty” campaign this past weekend in a first of its kind statewide telephone town hall discussion. More than 13,000 participants were on the phone call and more than 500 signatures pages were requested by volunteers. If you would like to “Get Your Twenty” for school storm shelters and increased school security, email TakeShelterOklahoma@gmail.com or visit www.TakeShelterOK.com for more information. As of Monday, we have 36 days remaining to collect the grand total of 160,000 signatures of registered Oklahoma voters. Several communities will have collection sites set up by local firefighters, teachers and other volunteers this upcoming weekend. Please check the Take Shelter Oklahoma page on Facebook for details or email us if you want to set up a collection site in your community.