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McCain Calls for School Choice and Shakeup of Education Bureaucracy


Sen. John McCain called for a shakeup of "failed school bureaucracies" and greater parental choice in education as he accepted the Republican presidential nomination Thursday night.

"Equal access to public education has been gained. But what is the value of access to a failing school?" Sen. McCain said at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul., Minn. "We need to shake up failed school bureaucracies with competition, empower parents with choice, remove barriers to qualified instructors, attract and reward good teachers, and help bad teachers find another line of work."

The crowd gave those lines one of the loudest roars of approval of the nominee's lengthy acceptance speech.

Calling education "the civil rights issue of this century," the Arizona senator said that parents deserve to choose a new school for their children a public school "fails to meet its obligations to students."

"And I intend to give it to them," Sen. McCain said. "Some may choose a better public school. Some may choose a private one. Many will choose a charter school. But they will have that choice and their children will have that opportunity."

The Republican nominee portrayed his Democratic opponent, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, as beholden to the existing school system.

"Senator Obama wants our schools to answer to unions and entrenched bureaucrats. I want schools to answer to parents and students," Sen. McCain said. "And when I’m president, they will."

Julie Harris, an Arkansas delegate and mother of six children, cheered as Sen. McCain delivered the education segment of his speech.

The Springdale, Ark., resident homeschools three of her children, one attends a private school, and her two teenagers take courses at a local community college instead of their neighborhood high school. They had been homeschooled as well.

"I am all for parental choice," Ms. Harris said after the speech. "We actually have relatively few private schools in Arkansas. I really want to see more charter schools."

"I thought he hit the nail on the head," said Eric Happala, a Minnesota delegate and a business consultant from the town of Dassel. "I liked that he said schools should be accountable to students and parents."

And he praised Sen. McCain's call to expand school choice. "I think that's really going to resonate with the African-American community," Mr. Happala said. "They're often the ones whose children are stuck in failing schools."

--Mark Walsh and Alyson Klein


I challenge John McCain to spend 9 weeks in the classroom.
I am a teacher. I am proud of my position and my profession and because I am good at what I do I can function just as well in a aged Title 1 facility as I can in a brand new school serving a majority of the opposite demographic.
McCain says he will reward good teachers. He's a senator right now. Why can't he push that idea through at this moment?
I have a hard time believing anything he says about education. I'm not trying to be a pessimist, but aren't there other issues that take precendence over education?

To say that I'm skeptical that the Republicans have Clue One about "fixing" American public schools or ANYTHING to do with education that addresses what's needed in inner cities, rural poor communities, etc., would be to putting it mildly. McCain & Company are spewing more of the GWB idiocy and using the SAME buzz-words, most particularly "accountability," the phoniest of the phony shibboleths conservatives use to trash public education and push for more and more ways to privatize it. Schools become another "industry," kids become another "commodity" to be controlled by the invisible magic of market forces. As someone who has taught in a number of public charters, some run by colleges, some run by private management companies, I am convinced that when the bottom line is "the bottom line," rather than people (e.g., parents, kids, teachers, etc.), the quality of learning does NOT go up. What goes up is the number of cost-cutting measures, carrots and sticks, threats, enticements, and slick tricks to boost test scores without boosting actual meaningful knowledge, and most of all to make that profit margin grow.

McCain knows ZIP about the poor, about the disadvantaged, about teaching, about learning, about real schools, and by his own admission about econcomics. Other than that, he's as perfectly suited to determine what will make for better schools as is, say, George W. Bush. Don't believe for a nano-second that any of the prominent Republicans knows or cares anything about kids other than their own and those "like them." The sloganeering they use to co-opt traditionally liberal/progressive/"Democratic" issues like helping disadvantaged kids through better education is just that: slogans.

Are the Democrats any better on these issues? Yes and no. Yes, they may care deeply about making a difference to serve underserved kids, but no, they don't generally have any better ideas about how. Politicians generally aren't former school teachers. They're mostly former lawyers. They aren't always the brightest and best, either, as both McCain and GWB evidence. Obama clearly IS one of the best and brightest, and he has real, hands-on experience at the grass-roots level in poor communities. I trust him vastly further than I do McCain to find out what's going on. What I don't trust, though I hope to be proven wrong, is that he'll get vastly better advice about schools at a level that will make him do what none of his predecessors has done when it comes to really making a difference for kids and teachers.

Not being a one-issue person, I would vote for Obama even if I thought his views on education were no better than McCain's: on balance, he's the far better candidate from my perspective. But with McCain, I'm 100% sure things won't improve. With Obama, there actually is reason to hope.

Mr. Goldenberg your venom is totally unacceptable. Both Mr Obama and Mr McCain are working to try and better what is wrong with this country. Your attitude of pessimism is indicative of a person with so narrow a view point that they can look through a keyhole with both eyes. Stop the venom and work for a better educational system. If you do nothing to help you are part of the problem. Get involved as Sen McCain stated and I am sure Sen Obama will agree.

Venom? You mean "having an opinion with which you don't agree" and stating it firmly? I don't call that venom, Mr. Genovese. Nor am I pessimistic. I'm realistic. I've yet to hear a speach by a major US politician that indicates a deep understanding of the problems faced by urban poor or rural poor schools. I doubt very much that any have spent time in, say, the dozens of small isolated towns in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan where there is little or no industry and the tax base for funding schools is negligible. How are speeches about "accountability" (which from conservatives is ALWAYS a one-way street, with schools accountable to arbitrary rules imposed from above, mostly based on narrow standardized test scores - and need I add that none of the politicians who advocate so strongly for this accountability through tests would DARE to take those tests themselves and allow the scores to be published in the newspapers) going to "fix" schools that are unable to pay decent wages to bring in "highly qualified" teachers, pay for the sorts of professional development needed to keep teachers up to date on methods, technology, etc., fix crumbling buildings, pay for higher fuel costs for transportation, etc.?

"Accountability," "privatization," and "choice" are all lovely right-wing buzz-words. But where the rubber meets the road, in the schools and classrooms of the most disadvantaged students and communities, all they are is hot air.

Is that "venom" or honesty, sir?

How does a voucher of $5,000 create an opportunity for poverty students when the "good" private school charges $10,000? Will this "good" school accept ALL the students who apply? Who will they choose and what happens to the others? How will "good" public and private schools get the space and additional qualified teachers they need? What happens to students who are rejected by these schools and have to return to the original school? How do the students get these "good" schools? What happens to those students in the disadvantaged schools who are not in a position to take advantage of vouchers? How do receiving schools adjust to the needs of these students by providing "differentiated instruction and learning resources" that were lacking in the schools they exit from?
What proof is there that these students can succeed in these voucher schools if they are not the best students from the disadvantaged schools?

Don't worry, Carl: Detroit Country Day, an exclusive private school in Oakland County, Michigan, is HAPPY to provide lodging for inner-city black students as well as free tuition. . . as long as the inner-city black student in question is about as good at basketball as Chris Webber or any of the other kids who went to DCD and then played at top colleges on full rides before heading to the NBA.

Not a hoops star? Well, not so fast.

When did teachers become the enemy? McCain said that he is for parent choice and that schools need to answer to parents. I'm a parent and I want my voice heard, but I'm also a teacher. When are parents going to become accountable for properly nurturing kids so that we can do our job. It's hard to not leave students behind when they don't get enough sleep, eat enough, and have healthy relationships with adults other than teachers.

I have a question, as one who is not entirely familiar with the education system. What is the answer or at least a viable alternative to vouchers that you would suggest be done for education? It seems to me that vouchers would in the very least allow for some competition. Since we essentially use a consumers mentality in everything else that we desire for and purchase, what is the difference in allowing it in education? Not an argument, just a thought.

I have a child with autism and I can tell that our education system needs a major overhaul. Right now it is a monopoly. We have no choice but to send our childern to the nearest school unless we hvae the money to send them to private schools. Add to that factor that most private schools will not accept special needs children.

I am an independent and I haven't decided who I am voting for. I try to vote for what I believe is best.

I don't know a lot about McCain's education plan. I need to study it. I don't even know how serious he is about it. I voted for a Republican for my State House of Representatives and that turned out to be a disaster. I don't want to repeat that mistake.

We have some serious issues going on in this country right now. The economy is in the toilet. We have a war going on that seems to be our second Vietnam.

But, I have a child that is never going to leave home because our education system failed him. He could have been a taxpayer. Now he will be living off of the taxpayers for the rest of his life. How many more lives need to be lost for America to finally decide that we need to take care of those here at home?

Mr Goldenberg you do not have a clue. My wife teaches 4th grade in Palm Beach County, Fla. The majority of her students not only cannot speak or read English, they can barely speak or read their own languages. Even a poor program as NCLB can help the situation by keeping it in the public view. What is killing us all is the amount of resources, and not just public school resources, that have to be devoted to illegal immigrants. With the amount of money that is available to states to improve their education and infrastructure too many states have to devote the money to those that do not contribute to the community chest in any way, shape or form.
As to your venom, your dissertation reeks of it and your poor attitude does no justice to your opinion. I do not have a problem with your opinion, just your ability to deliver it in a non-accusatory manner. This is the part of the problem, point fingers but do nothing to help.
What we have seen done in the past should be a good benchmark for what we have to do differently. As Dr. Phil likes to say "and how is that working out for you?"
My advice is to lead, follow, or get out of the way. Not to condemn.

After spending 26 years as an educator and administrator, I am a bit skeptical of politicians who use "school improvement" as a tool during election campaigns. If this was such a priority to them, why haven't the issues they profess to be so important, been addressed while they were in a position to do something about them. Instead of actually getting inside of a classroom or spending time at a school, they have skated along, quietly supporting the past 8 years of No Child Left Behind, thinking that would be enough, without any effort to address the issues that need to be tackled. No effort has been made to address funding, inequity in pay for teachers, inadequate facilities, busing, violence, etc.

Being a Senator, you could have addressed these problems during your tenure, you could be saying "look at my track record of working on educational issues and reform", instead it is a campaign slogan on a sign. Stop using education as a promise to get elected.

I am a 5th grade teacher in Missouri. In my school district we are busting our tails to meet the the goals of NCLB. Do I agree with it 100%? NO Do I agree we need accountability? YES
I also believe that we as aducators can not do this job alone. If we are truly going to reform schools, than we need the support of parents, community, and the government to make it happen. Schools in my district are making steady progress; however not fast enough according to NCLB. We as educators cannot control what goes on at home nor can we fix it. What we can control is what we do with our time in school with the kids everyday. Everyone needs to stop playing the blame game and pointing fingers and focus on the tasks at hand. I know it is difficult. I am in it everyday. I am the mother of three children and am very comcerned for the future. I think both candidates need to stop talking about what they are going to do and actually take the time to find out about the issues we as educators face on a daily basis. I honestly think they have no clue what goes on in the classroom.

Mr. Genovese, please read the ground rules for posting. Your statmente that I "don't have a clue" already violates the "no personal attacks" provision. I won't engage you in that sort of thing and advise that you similarly refrain from making this about me. If you can't, I won't waste time addressing any substantive points you might raise.

That said, trust me: I have a great deal of experience (teaching, coaching teachers, supervising student teachers, teaching pre-service and in-service teachers, etc.) in a far wider range of classrooms, districts, subjects, and states than most people. Telling me I don't have a clue is one of the more amusing insults anyone has offered lately, but you'll need to do a bit better than that.

Obviously you did not read my entire post. You hide behind "personal attack" but you use venom to make a general attack on the government. As usual with folks that can only complain, you have no substance argument, just trying to argue the particular to the general. Don't they teach the art of debate up in your neck of the woods. I have been involved with both higher and basic education for over 30 years throughout the US and having a venomous attitude never accomplishes anything except to mark you as foolish and narrow minded. Personal attack? No, unfortunately your attitude is too prevalent in society today. Complain, but do nothing to change or rectify. Great model generated for the students being taught.

As just another done-with-it teacher, who has taught in inner city Title I, charter, and private schools over the past 16 years, I find the rhetoric about education that emerges during the election cycle most irritating. As some of you have pointed out, the people who write and deliver these speeches have very little direct experience in what's going on in the classroom these days, and many were educated in the 'elite' schools, and send their own kids to private schools. So it's hard for them to really speak about this subject.

When NCLB was first introduced, as a nice catchy slogan, but no funding came to back it, our faculty sat down to discuss the pros and cons of it, and generally rejected it. Now, 8 years later, it seems that we were on target with our concerns, as the racial/ethnic/economic divide has grown even wider than it was back then.

With the prospect of a new president, we as educators/parents/citizens need to look past the words and try to find the substance, and likelihood, of what 'change' will actually mean. Our country can't afford to lose yet another generation of kids to these empty slogans and failed experiments.

It was stated that schools must answer to students and parents. What about parents answering to schools? Parents send students to even the best schools ill prepared to learn. Students are allowed to do what they want at home. Homework is not monitored. Bed time is not monitored. Students wear and do what they want. Parents even text their students during the school day. Schools would be better if parents were partners with the schools.

Mr. Goldberg is obviously a college professor. No wonder. I part of his "coaching" those teachers does not include his (yes) pessimism. We need good teachers. We are the ones in the trenches with NCLB, we need all the positive reinforcement we can get, not the negativity.

One critical problem with vouchers is the question of where they can be utilized and by whom. If your child is a talented, bright, well-adjusted child, you will have no problem finding a private school to welcome him/her with open arms. If your child has a significant disability, mental retardation, autism, or an emotional disorder, you will have a difficult time finding a private school willing to accept him/her. The only exception may be if you live in a large metropolitan area with specialized private schools for children with disabilities, and then that voucher would only be a drop in the bucket for the tuition costs. The limited research that has been done on the provision of special education in private schools show that many do not have the staffing or the funds needed and the principals do not feel their staff are qualified to teach children with moderate to severe disabilities. So, as vouchers drain funds away from public education, who is left behind? The disadvantaged and the disabled. There are a few state voucher programs specifically for students with disabilities, but in most of them, parents and students have to relinquish their rights under IDEA. Often, people focus on vouchers as a potential church/state issue, but this is another huge roadblock to large-scale voucher programs, in my opinion.

In my school, being "accountable to parents" has come to mean: excessive grade inflation; minimal homework requirements; bullying teachers during parent/teacher conferences; lack of consequences for dishonorable behavior because "my child doesn't do anything wrong;" book challenges; a hundred extra e-mails a week . . . Don't worry, Mr. McCain. The "parent movement" has already made its mark, and it hasn't been a pretty sight.

Talk about negativity. Just take a look at the acronym of NCLB - NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND. In my opinion this should have been called ECMF - EVERY CHILD MOVING FORWARD, but then it may not look as catchy. In the current way NCLB is set up, there will be children left behind. It is ludicrous to think that just because 2014 is set as the date for 100% average yearly progress to take place that it will magically happen. It ain't a gonna happen (poor grammar intended).

On the subject of vouchers, it is just another way for the very rich to have their money and yours too to educate their children. Well, Tony, what is the answer?, you might ask. I believe we need to give public schools the same breaks we give charter schools as far as meeting regulations and paperwork, etc. Also, we need administrators who perform actual, quality evaluations on teachers, document the ones who aren't performing, give them a chance to improve, and show them the door (after due process) if they don't. We need a federal government to either fund education mandates fully, or quit mandating and holding a gun to our head threatening to withold what little federal funds we do get if we don't meet their unfunded mandates. We also need a test for the career/tech kids, a test for the college bound kids, and a test for the kids who just want to graduate high school.

In looking over Mr. McCain's comments, I wonder if he misspoke when addressing the choices parents would have regarding failing schools.

I have the utmost respect for all good educators. I suffer from mental fatigue when it comes to politicians and rhetoric. And, finally, I work in community education and am the parent of two, one graduated and the other a junior in high school.

The message I am not hearing and want to hear from our presidential candidates is this one: "I will get the federal government out of classrooms."

Universities in cooperation with the federal government have done a lot of damage to our education system in the last decade. Example: Test young children to death and only one way to teach reading (intensive phonics and decoding instruction).

About a decade ago, the National Institutes of Health got involved in education through the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development. NICHD, led by G. Reid Lyon, used university fMRI "research" to force the national phonics/decoding agenda. Why is this significant? Because the "reading wars" are still alive and well in America: supporters of intensive phonics/decoding instruction vs. supporters of "a balanced approach" vs. supporters of "whole language". Please look at the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 1992 to present and compare it to the same period for math. Significant gains have been made in math; insignificant gains have been made in reading.

The Bush administration screwed up with their ill-conceived national phonics agenda as badly as they screwed up in Iraq. The difference this time, however, is that the casualties this time are our own children.

Mr. McCain hasn't said what I want to hear. I want the federal government OUT of our classrooms.

I have to say that McCain’s comments last night were refreshing. Will change happen? I do not know as I only believe half of what I see and little of what I hear. We can only hope it will.

We as a country are not preparing students for this century and a global economy; we have some of the most efficient 1950’s model schools in the world as well as some of the most dysfunctional. I believe there are great educators and school models out there; however the majority of our educational factories are designed and operating with the efficiency of the educators and administrators in mind rather than the students. It is a well established, slow to change bureaucracy that fosters theoretical learning and learners.

It is much easier to administrate based on groups of students all learning by hearing, seeing and reading, with an occasional group discussions with a sage on the stage than it is to develop individual learning plans for each student to allow them to grow and excel at their own rate rather than wallow in a classroom of their peers. We have the technology and the knowledge to allow students that freedom information and resources are everywhere, we no longer need a teacher to hold students back or race past them, by deciding when to dispense information.

Students need to find the environment where they can go to school to work on projects that are rigorous and relevant to them, where they can get their hands dirty and explore rather than go to school and watch teachers work. How many adults would like to be told, this is where you work and what they will be doing for the next 12 years, 180 days per year, 6-7 hours per day because of where they live. I think we would have a riot on our hands. Information is everywhere for learning anytime & any place. Students just need guidance once they learn to learn.

Rigorous and relevant education is even more critical for the minorities in this country as they will be the economic engine as they become the majority during my lifetime. If we continue to run our educational factories as they are, we as a country will have no economic engine in this global economy. The only good news should the economy fail and our wealth transferred to other countries, we may become poor enough as a country to attract lots of low paying factory jobs as a re-emerging economy.

I am a non-traditional college student studying to be a history teacher. I have also worked in my local public school for the past 5 years.

I hope that whether McCain or Obama become president they will take teacher education seriously as all of our citizens should. The program I have been going through is a joke in my opinion. We study behavior theories from the 1960's that if tried today would render a teacher completely helpless in a classroom. There is also little value in doing our assignments with thoroughness and effort. As future teachers we should be held to a high standard. If we do not value our own education and make an effort, who in the world could rationally believe that we would value a child's or hundreds of children's?

I have observed in various schools and find that many teachers no longer have enthusiasm about the subject of history or government, if they ever did. Perhaps this is why we have a whole society that doesn't understand that indeed the executive role as a governor does trump a junior senator in their real world government experience.

Senator McCain urged people to get involved if they weren't satisfied with the status quo. This is the very reason I left a career in the financial field to pursue a career in teaching. After the tragedy of September 11, I realized that in many aspects our citizens don't understand history or government. I wanted to make a difference so I left another career and chose to go into teaching a subject that I thoroughly love and enjoy. I hope that I can convey to my students this enthusiasm for the subject while I teach them the significance of it.

I have heard from this very publication that Social Studies is being driven out of the classroom to make room for math and reading in the name of NCLB. My question is why? I have learned a lot from my history professors but no teacher on any level of education can teach it all. This is where reading comes into play. I don't understand why our textbook companies can't incorporate our world's history into reading textbooks. Social Studies is more than names and dates, it is the story of civilization, and what better story is there to be told! Let us teach reading and social studies at the same time. The students can learn to read while learning critical thinking skills as they analyze historical events, cultures, and civilizations. Lets be creative as educators to meet the demands of NCLB!

I do have some issues with NCLB, but I realize that it is something that I am going to have to deal with as a teacher. I believe that although we should work to modify certain aspects of it, we should also be creative enough as educators to prepare our students to be successful by teaching them in a manner in which they truly learn the content and enjoy learning it.

As educators we also need the parents and the community's support for our students. It seems today parent's leave a lot on the teacher's shoulders. This is true. But I am willing to take on a certain degree of that burden in the best interest of my students by conveying to them the importance of their education. I know it will be a challenge and things will not be perfect. Working firsthand in the schools has taught me that. But in the end what is important, and I believe we all feel this way, is our students, future generations of leaders for our country and the global economy.

Has anyone done any reading on successful schools? Instead of pointing fingers at "bad teachers" for failing schools, we should be focusing on recruiting and training "strong principals". Great leaders make a difference. If we can't find one to run our country, how are we going to find enough to save our schools?

As a long-time practitioner of the engineering arts, and an aspiring teacher (seeking my MS in Math Ed.), I look at this election as a fairly clear choice.

Politicians talk about school choice as if it is a panacea. What about the millions of children who can't get choice because they live in an area where there are no other schools? Where is the thrust to improve teaching by supporting those dedicated professionals who try to teach in these school? I will take the rhetoric seriously when they take the profession seriously.

Personalities aside, I question whether a candidate that uses code words like school choice and vouchers is serious about following that annoying Constitutional idea of the church-state separation. McCain's choice of VP is another indication that we can expect another assault on the independence of mind that good teaching is supposed to foster.

Intelligence can often be judged by what lesson a person learns from others' experiences. Does Gov. Palin still believe in abstinence education in the absence of other sex education? Does McCain still believe that the war in Iraq, which he touted on 9/13/01, is a good idea?

Honesty is not the only criterion for governance, nor is experience alone. Judgment, compassion, and the courage to make difficult decisions are some others I value. Sorry for rambling a bit-after 50 years of watching politics I still care about the outcomes, and I refuse to believe (despite too much evidence to the contrary) that the narrow and inept will win every time.

There is only one shake-up which would make a major difference to failing schools, but no politician has given it serious thought since Teddy Roosevelt, because it does not appeal to educated middle-class voters: modernization of English spelling.

Middle-class children cope with the rotten system we’ve got because their parents can help them. They can read. They can also afford to pay for good child-care and good-preschools.

These things are essential for coping with baffling, contradictory spellings like ‘on – only, once, other’ or ‘ear- early, heart, wear’. If we did not have such a bad spelling system, even children without the advantage of better educated or better-off parents would learn to read easily and gain access to other learning.

To see why learning to read English is so difficult, look at the Sight Words page at www.englishspellingproblems.co.uk

Here's another approach to consider - how about we help find bad politicians who pass bad education legislation new lines of work? Looking forward to election day!

I am a parent and teacher who is thrilled by McCain's position on education! It's about time that everyone involved in education be put on notice that they are accountable to parents, students, and all taxpayers!


Educators and Parents,

Let's tone down the emotions and do what we would tell our students to do---study the plans and debate the issues on their merits. I have pasted the URL addresses to both plans at the bottom.

I'll start:
McCain's plan seems to have more detail on the website. I see that he is trying to not only empower parents but teachers and principals. Republicans traditionally are strong on getting control of gov. and getting it out of your lives. It seems that he is trying to give more local control-that is great!

Both seem to agree the NCLB should be based on individual progress. By the looks of it, no matter who wins, the 2014 goal looks like it won't happen. What do you all think?

Obama is right to put the issue of Early Childhood education on the table, that will help disadvantaged kids get a good start. I personally, don't agree that government funds should be used for EVERYONE who wants to go to college. There is a lot to be said for students who struggle to make their way through college, the struggle brings committment to graduation. Funding is available but you have to look for it. I would like to see Obama's plan of making it easier to find.

What do you all think? Please respond only after reading the plans....

McCain's plan

Obama's plan

Helen Bispels makes a valid point. I served as a public elementary school administrator of a "Needs Improvement" school. There are a lot of sorry teachers. Who will replace them if they are fired no one. So it is the administators' jobs to ensure that the ineffective teachers receive the support to improve. There is no excuse to allow ineffective practices to continue. Principals are the instructional leaders of the school. If principals were effective then there would be few "bad teachers".
I believe that we take education and educators for granted and as a result, education has gone to the pits. Look at countries who are achieving better than us. What's the difference? Everyone in the country places education first. Teachers are supported by the parents and extended family. We need to look at what research shows us as being high impact and hold teachers and administrators to that standard. We shouldn't have to expect a politican to "fix" our educational system.

I agree Brooke R. I too, am a former school principal. When I found a teacher that did not meet our expectations, I had to spend an incredible amount of time, effort, and documentation to remove them from the district. Now when I say 'didn't meet our expectation', in some cases the teacher was not mentally healthy enough to be in the classroom but there was no getting them out without jumping through hoops. There is something wrong with our educational system that no politican can help. 'Our expectations' were the teachers on my campus and I.
No one was more frustrated with this situation more than the fantasic teachers who were on my campus. They stepped up, reported and documented unprofessional behavior they witnessed from the sub-standard teacher and then of course expected me to do my job. We all have to step up and take care of our profession because in the end we are not here for the adults, we are here for the students.

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