Most of us believe K-12 teachers are critical to our nation’s future. Yet, we pay them poorly; make them teach kids for testing, not for learning; provide difficult working conditions; and sometimes look down on them socially. Then we begrudge them a few weeks off in the summer….
Is there some hope in charter schools? This from a San Diego newspaper:
"The biggest attraction for charter school teachers is that they help set direction and policy for the school, said Gary Larson, vice president of communications for the California Charter Schools Association. He called this an exciting prospect for a group pivotal in the education process but usually cut out of strategic decisions."
"The number one reason teachers leave the profession is a lack of say in decision-making."