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Teachers Union Seeks Boycott Of LA Times

From a very naughty Los Angeles Times:

A.J. Duffy, president of the United Teachers of Los Angeles union, speaks to protesting teachers during a demonstration outside the Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.

Union leader calls on L.A. teachers to boycott Times

A.J. Duffy objects to the paper’s analysis of the effectiveness of more than 6,000 elementary school teachers.

By Jason Song and Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2010

The Los Angeles teachers union president said Sunday he was organizing a "massive boycott" of The Times after the newspaper began publishing a series of articles that uses student test scores to estimate the effectiveness of district teachers.

"You’re leading people in a dangerous direction, making it seem like you can judge the quality of a teacher by … a test," said A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, which has more than 40,000 members.

That’s odd. Don’t teachers evaluate the quality of their students by… a test? In fact, haven’t they been doing that for some time?

Duffy said he would urge other labor groups to ask their members to cancel their subscriptions.

Based on test score data covering seven years, The Times analyzed the effects of more than 6,000 elementary school teachers on their students’ learning. Among other things, it found huge disparities among teachers, some of whom work just down the hall from one another.

After a single year with teachers who ranked in the top 10% in effectiveness, students scored an average of 17 percentile points higher in English and 25 points higher in math than students whose teachers ranked in the bottom 10%. Students often backslid significantly in the classrooms of ineffective teachers, and thousands of students in the study had two or more ineffective teachers in a row.

The district has had the ability to analyze the differences among teachers for years but opted not to do so, in large part because of anticipated union resistance, The Times found.

It’s almost as if the teachers’ union places a higher value on keeping their members employed than they do on educating children.

The newspaper plans to publish an online database with ratings for the more than 6,000 elementary school instructors later this month.

That is, if the Los Angeles Times has not been hacked or burned to the ground by the union thugs.

After learning of the analysis and the database last week, union leaders began making automated calls to teachers objecting to publication. In the Friday evening call, Duffy said the database was "an irresponsible, offensive intrusion into your professional life that will do nothing to improve student learning.

"Our attorneys are looking into the legalities of this database," he said in the recorded message. "This is part of the continuing attack on our profession, and we must continue to fight back on all fronts."

Last week, the union president told reporters that he thought test scores could be useful as feedback for teachers but should not be used for evaluation

It’s odd, but there doesn’t seem to be any method of evaluation that pleases the teachers’ unions.

Why is that?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 16th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Teachers Union Seeks Boycott Of LA Times”

  1. proreason says:

    The problem with testing is they never seem to test for Marxist indoctrination….just silly stuff like reading and arithmetic.

    If they got the priorities straight, our teachers and our students would lead the world.

  2. jackal40 says:

    But, but, but – think of the children. If the teachers are held to the same standard they hold the kids to, that wouldn’t be fair!

    Seems like every time the effectiveness of the unions or their members get’s questioned, the result is obfuscation by the union. Wasn’t this the point of standardized testing – to evaluate the effectiveness of the teachers and the curriculum?

  3. tranquil.night says:

    “That’s odd. Don’t teachers evaluate the quality of their students by… a test?”

    I’m laughing too hard here. Today’s news is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in ridiculousness.

  4. Right of the People says:

    “It’s almost as if the teachers’ union places a higher value on keeping their members employed than they do on educating children.”


    Most of the teachers today don’t give a rat’s rear end if their charges learn a darned thing other that the socialism party line. If little Johnny or Mary learn how to read with high comprehension they might read “dangerous” books that were published before the “enlighten” period in which we now live and learn the truth. We can’t have that. If the little ragamuffins learn the truth they probably won’t vote Democrap.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Wonder how the union feels about California going belly up and taxes are a moot point, how are they gonna collect their dues if the coffers are empty?

    Schools there don’t teach anymore. It’s mainly a fashion show for the pretty people and a babysitting service at the taxpayers trough.

  6. bousquem says:

    I can see how test scores might be lower in inner-city schools where you have alot of students who don’t show up but by that same logic I guess if you won’t show up for school, you won’t show up for testing either. Maybe the unions would support the testing if the teachers were the one writing the tests, could help the students answer questions during the test, and grade the tests so they could give partial credit or points for “trying their best”.

  7. Mithrandir says:

    This is why people are afraid to do evaluations in the first place, because they will be shouted down and harassed.

    Strange how there are ZERO studies to show how children will fare with homosexual parents? Then when it comes to gay marriage or adoption, they can just claim, “There are no studies that show ill effects on children.” Of course there are none! People will not fund them, and if they did, they are afraid the results will anger the professional left.

    Just look how crazy these union-types get when you don’t toe the line for them?

  8. fallingpianos says:

    In the Friday evening call, Duffy said the database was “an irresponsible, offensive intrusion into your professional life that will do nothing to improve student learning.[“]

    Duffy’s union is an irresponsible, offensive intrusion into the people’s tax life (meaning those that actually pay taxes) that will do nothing to improve student learning.

    Thanks, Duffy. I couldn’t have put it better myself.

    Now it’s time for Duffy to get a clue. Anybody on the public payroll is just that: a public employee. That means any information pertaining to their job, from salary to performance is a matter of public record, and as such, is open to the public for scrutiny. If he doesn’t like the public evaluating public employees, then it’s high time Duffy got off his duff and either started cleaning up his union cesspool, or look for another line of work. The American taxpayer can only take so much of greedy, parasitic unions covering for incompetents and perverts in the teaching profession who should have been put out to pasture a long time ago.

  9. xdannyh says:

    Ha Ha: Now there is a good joke. Teachers are going to boycott the times, go right ahead put that pinko rag out of business you dumba$$es. Who the hell do you think is responsible for convincing the unwashed masses to continue funding your existence by frightening the electorate with lies and obfuscations in order to pass the levies that you depend on.
    “Teeches is Leeches”!

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