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Old 03-03-2012, 09:12 AM
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Originally Posted by lifelongMOgal View Post
It is reflective of a typical public union perspective/contracts. IIRC it was about 2-3 years ago that ALL the KCMO teachers were fired and forced to re-apply so as to thin the herd from underperforming teachers who had tenure/seniority.

I did not know this was done. But, I've been away for a good while. As for "typical public union", if you mean the teachers' union, they did not establish tenure. Teacher tenure has been in effect in Missouri for a long, long while - long before the union came in at all.
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by racer56 View Post
I don't think they will get rid of the district and blend into the districts in the area. Just too much money on the line to let go of. The district has had several supers, has fired and hired teachers, has completely revamped class ratios and on and on. Bottom line is they have the same problems. The problem starts in the homes and flows over into the schools. I know that statement will anger some, that's because it's true.

Your statement about the homes doesn't anger me because it is part of the problem. But, beleive me, it isn't all of the problem. Classrooms (home away from home, they like to say) bears a goodly share of the blame.
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Old 03-03-2012, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by xenokc View Post
Can't solve the problem if you can't get rid of incompetent teachers/board. Couldn't they just make the district go away and then separately the other districts take over - rather than a merger? It doesn't make sense that tenures would cross districts.
In order to avoid hiring poor teachers, you need to do something to attract and retain talented, quality ones...to KCMO, I say good luck with that. There are more attractive options for excellent teaching applicants than a beleaguered school district with a horrendous track record and a student body largely devoid of familial support.
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