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Student achievement as a Partial basis for teacher raises is coming……

Gov. Bill Ritter

[ Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter is backed by members of the Legislature as he signs a teacher’s tenure bill at the Capitol. ]

Colorado is the first state to put into law the policy…..

Several states will follow….

The Dog whole hearty endorses the policy…

Having seen first hand the horrible results of teachers that decide that they give a s*#t about teaching anymore while they hide behind tenure….

While I don’t like the current ‘school report cards’ policy which has teachers ‘teaching to the test’…..

There simply has to be evaluations of teachers to catch the horrible actions of children wasting time in classroom of teachers that fail to teach…..

This deprives the child of an education and places an added burden on teachers who get kids who have not learned in earlier classes……

Where I live…..Teachers make darn good salaries…..They deserve them….But we need to rid the system of the ones that don’t teacher but collect those salaries….

A landmark Colorado law that ties teacher evaluations to the progress of their students on achievement tests could help build momentum for a national movement that seeks to overhaul how instructors’ tenure and pay is earned, education leaders say.

Colorado’s law will hold teachers accountable for whether their students are learning, with 50% of a teacher’s evaluation based on students’ academic growth as measured partially by test scores. In California, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is pushing legislation that will change the way teachers are evaluated, but its prospects are less certain; the state’s teachers union strongly opposes it.

Colorado’s action comes amid a national debate over how to get the best teachers into the classroom and remove the ones who aren’t doing a good job.

Similar legislation emphasizing teacher performance over job security is pending in Louisiana and Minnesota, and bills overhauling tenure protections and/or evaluation systems have already passed in Maryland, Connecticut, Washington, Tennessee and Michigan.

“It’s impossible to overstate just how significant this [Colorado] bill is,” said Tim Daly, president of the New Teacher Project, a national nonprofit that released a report last year revealing how the vast majority of teacher evaluation systems fail to distinguish effective teachers from ineffective ones.

Under Colorado’s law, passed with bipartisan support and signed by Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. on Thursday, even tenured teachers who are found to be “ineffective” for two consecutive years could lose job protections, and possibly their jobs.

Support from Democrats and, at the last minute, from a teachers union in Colorado represents a major political shift at a time when states are facing huge budget cuts that could mean thousands of teacher layoffs.

Colorado’s law also reflects a wholesale change in attitudes toward evaluating teachers. Like many states, Colorado is hoping to bolster its chances in the Race to the Top grant competition before second-round applications are due June 1. The program rewards states for assessing teacher effectiveness, and Colorado has $175 million at stake.

More……..

May 24, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Education, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 8 Comments

Merlin on the Nevada Senate Race……

Hello Dog!

Until now I kept the Nevada Senate Race 2010 of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) in the Toss-Up Category waiting for Confirmation of recent Developments.

On Monday I teased in a Post that I would change the “Nevada Senate Race 2010” if the Downward Trend continued. It did.

Stu Rothenberg of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report changed the Race to “Lean Takeover” yesterday.

Scott Elliott of Election Projection changed the Race from a “Weak DEM HOLD” into a “Weak GOP GAIN” this past weekend.

I now will follow changing NV-SEN from “Toss-Up” to “Leans Republican”

Get ready for a new Projection on the Race this weekend.

Rasmussen Reports Survey

Nevada Senate 2010

Danny Tarkanian (R)  50 %
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) 36 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  9 %

Sue Lowden (R)  48 %
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D)  36 %
Others  8 %
Undecided  7 %

Sharron Angle (R)  44 %
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D)  40 %
Others  10 %
Undecided  7 %

Reid’s favorables

Favorable  41 %
Unfavorable  54 %

Full Results can be found at Rasmussen Reports.com

Merlin

From the Dog…..While Merlin is correct on Reid….. the Rasmussen post also gives this …….

Obama carried Nevada over John McCain with 55% of the vote in November 2008, but just 49% of voters in the state now approve of the president’s job performance, including 29% who strongly approve. This is roughly comparable to Obama’s national job approval ratings in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.

Only 35% approve of Republican Governor Jim Gibbons’ performance, while 63% disapprove. This is little changed from December.

The Dog repeats again….President Obama needs to get out in the hustlings to sell the Healthcare Bill (which is hurting Reid , bad )which remains only slightly over the majority in most polls unfavoribles…..a 10 to 15% jump for the bill would give the democrats breathing room in just about every Senate and House race across the country and certainly help Reid…..

And remember…… Rasmussen….. itself has been accused of GOP leanings……

January 13, 2010 Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, The Economy, Updates | , , , | 26 Comments

Merlin backs up his call in Colorado with Rasmussen Poll numbers……Hickenlopper is the better choice…right now….

Merlin gets backing on his call for Salazar to stay in Washington and for Hickenhopper to run for Governor of Colorado……

Here’s the Rasmussen Poll numbers……..
Colorado Governor Race

Scott McInnis (R) 45 %
John Hickenlooper (D) 42 %
Others 5 %
Undecided 8 %

Scott McInnis (R) 47 %
Ken Salazar (D) 41 %
Others 2 %
Undecided 9 %

Scott McInnis (R) 47 %
Andrew Romanoff (D) 37 %
Others 6 %
Undecided 11 %

Note from Merlin:……
Keep in mind that who runs for Governor will affect the States Senate Race

One thing is clear:

Here are what Colorado Dems want. They want either a Salazar/Romanoff Ticket or a Hickenlooper/Romanoff Ticket.

They need to find a way to get Bennet out.

There may be another Dream Scenario:

A Hickenlooper/Salazar Ticket but that’s a LONGSHOT.

Update:…..it has been brought to the Dogs attention that Ken Salazar…..He was a 2 term AG before running for the senate and giving it up after 4 yrs to hold the Inter. Sec job….he’s got a good shot at the governorship.
There’s a growing hispanic population in Colorado which could give him an edge.

January 7, 2010 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , | 12 Comments

Colorado Gov Ritter to retire!……

The Democrats are not having a good day to day……not with this news…..

CO-GOV: Bill Ritter to retire

Via The Fix:

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D) will not seek a second term this fall, according to Democratic sources briefed on his decision.

Ritter, elected in a landslide in 2006, had seen his political fate dip considerably in the intervening years, and faced an extremely difficult re-election race against former Rep. Scott McInnis (R) in November.

“Bill Ritter was literally the weakest incumbent in nearly 50 years and his own party was unenthusiastic at best for his reelection,” said Colorado Republican party chairman Dick Wadhams. “Colorado has certainly changed from that heady day at Invesco Field.”

Democrats are likely to turn to either former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff or Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper to replace Ritter. Romanoff is currently challenging appointed Sen. Michael Bennet in a Democratic primary and if he could be convinced to switch races would solve two problems for the party.

Colorado is now the eleventh open seat Democrats must defend this year although the other ten seats are being vacated as a result of term limits. Republicans also have eleven open seats of their own to defend. There are 37 governors races on the ballot this fall.

Ritter was a weak choice, so his retirement actually improves Democrats chances of holding this seat because Democrats have a huge bench here to go up against former GOP Congressman Scott McInnis, the presumptive GOP nominee. Still, the GOP is favored.

POSTED BY SE-779 AT 6:42 PM

January 5, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs SE posts | , , | 5 Comments

It is balloon!….and just the balloon!….the 6 year old 'Falcon' stayed home….

I’m glad that kid was hiding upstairs in the attic……….

And his name is ‘‘Falcon’…..You couldn’t dream this up………..or could you? (see update)

Update:…….it seems that Falcon’s dad is gonna have to take time out from media interviews to talk to the  Larimer County Sherriff”s Department…there appear to be a few inconsistencies involved in if it was know if Falcon was actually in the ballon when the incident was reported to authorities……

October 15, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Media, Space | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It is balloon!….and just the balloon!….the 6 year old ‘Falcon’ stayed home….

I’m glad that kid was hiding upstairs in the attic……….

And his name is ‘‘Falcon’…..You couldn’t dream this up………..or could you? (see update)

Update:…….it seems that Falcon’s dad is gonna have to take time out from media interviews to talk to the  Larimer County Sherriff”s Department…there appear to be a few inconsistencies involved in if it was know if Falcon was actually in the ballon when the incident was reported to authorities……

October 15, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Media, Space | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment