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Ratliff: Improve Teacher Performance, Union Image

LA School Report | August 14, 2013

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In case you missed it, here’s an Orange County Register editorial about LAUSD School Board Member Monica Ratliff.



Editorial: Don’t try to be all things to all students

More flexibility in enrollment could raise performance all by itself.

At a workshop last week for United Teachers Los Angeles, the union representing teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District, new school board member Monica Ratliff made an interesting appeal for the need to improve both teacher performance and the union’s image among Angelenos.  “People have a fair amount of affection for teachers,” Ms. Ratliff was quoted as saying in the Los Angeles Times. “People have a fair amount of distrust of labor. … If we don’t recognize it, it will be our undoing.”  We welcome the thoughts, which were not surprising, coming from Ms. Ratliff, who, along with advocating for longer qualifying periods for tenure, greater classroom flexibility and a more streamlined dismissal process for continuously underperforming teachers, made improving teacher training a focus of her recent campaign. Click here for full story.

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