How Should We Grade Our Teachers?
More than 100 people gathered at Northwest School of the Arts for a WFAE Public Conversations forum on the topic, "How Should We Grade Our Teachers?" Teachers and other panelists from CMS and the community joined audience members to discuss the district's latest proposals for determining teacher effectiveness and pay. WFAE's Lisa Miller moderated this community forum. Panelists: Larry Bosc, Teacher, East Mecklenburg High School Scott Gartlan, Executive Director, Charlotte Teachers Institute Dan Habrat, Chief Human Resources Officer, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Courtney Mason, Teacher, Piney Grove Elementary School WFAE's Mark Rumsey welcomes audience to the forum. A member of the audience shares his thoughts on the topic. This week, the education topic of basing teacher pay on performance was the subject of a WFAE Public Conversations forum. CMS is pushing such a plan, which would judge teacher performance in part on how well, or how poorly, students do on standardized tests. Our panel included two teachers with different opinions. One, Larry Bosc of East Mecklenburg High, has been a teacher for more than 30 years. He's against the CMS plan. Courtney Mason is in her fourth year teaching. She supports the plan. This audio includes an edited exchange between them, starting with Mr. Bosc. You can also listen to the entire public conversation here.