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Education

October 27, 2012

School grades hard on teachers

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“I love that we have the opportunity to analyze data and identify problems. We’ll zero in on those problems and never make excuses. I say with every bit of confidence that it’s the right thing to do. We just want it to be fair,” Bass said. “This judgment call from the state seems to suggest that we’re in this for something other than helping our children.”

For dedicated educators like Bass and her teachers, that’s a miscalculation that transcends numbers and formulas.

“Our job as superintendents is to represent our local school boards and speak up for our children,” Bass said. “It’s hard not to take this personally when we’re being made to feel like what we’ve dedicated our lives to is meaningless and like our best efforts aren’t good enough.”

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