Duncan Does it again...
...the program is also a competition through which states can increase or decrease their odds of winning federal support. For example, states that limit alternative routes to certification for teachers and principals, or cap the number of charter schools, will be at a competitive disadvantage. And states that explicitly prohibit linking data on achievement or student growth to principal and teacher evaluations will be ineligible for reform dollars until they change their laws.Our Secretary of Education, who, once more it must be noted, has never taught a day in his life, has his facts wrong. The "reforms" he talks about don't work.
1. ...states do not have to have licensed teachers teaching
"...students learn more when their teachers are licensed—a requirement that in most states means they have had formal training in both how and what to teach."
"...teacher preparation and certification are by far the strongest correlates of student achievement in reading and mathematics, both before and after controlling for student poverty and language status."2. ...states can have as many charter schools as they want. Studies have shown that charter schools do not perform better than Public Schools
"...there is little evidence that charter schools are producing, on average, achievement impacts that differ substantially from those of traditional public schools"3. ...states can get more money by using merit pay for teachers and principals based on test scores.
"Theory, research, and practice all suggest that carrots (merit pay for teachers, cash rewards for students) and sticks (public shaming, threatening to close down schools that need help) are as ineffective as they are insulting."