Why is there the need to punish the people who often work the hardest? Punish the teachers; punish the children. Until we address the real problems as to why children don't learn (not can't) blame the people closest to them. (Let's see a real effort to fixing poverty, broken homes, transiency, drug addiction, parents who can't or won't help their children, etc, and you will see an improvement in children's ability to learn).
All this standardized testing is insane as well. Do the same thing over and over and get the same results. Idiocy. Proves only that those who "make" and "correct" the tests make money. Not effective. Picture this: special ed students who cannot read being forced to take the MEAP. Crying at their incompetence they go through and make a pattern of answers (a, b, c, a, b, c, d) and finish the test in five minutes. No surprise to see they don't do well, and it confirms to them that they are not "normal". Sad.
I am a retired teacher and I feel nothing but sadness for the state of education in Michigan today. Who in their right mind would "choose" to become a teacher in today's teaching environment? It appears to be easier to "blame" than move to action.
Tenure is not the problem. It does not protect poor teachers; administrators do. And there are reasons for this too.
I am always amazed at "who" controls education (and budgets); they are the very people who know so little about it. That is why NCLB is/was so ineffective. Sad really.
From "It's a Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" .... let's all move to Australia!