SB191 passed a vote yesterday, in spite of the CEA rally in front of the capitol building; Academy Association members, along with educators from around the state, expressed their displeasure with the senate. The bill would establish a teacher evaluation system that is tied to student performance. Implementing such a system leads to a host of problems. Aside from the obvious problems of measuring performance in Sped and ESL, student performance is not simply a question of teacher performance. Students are motivated to learn in large part due to the culture of learning that they experience at home. Unfortunately, many students come from homes and communities in which learning is not valued. Teachers struggle to counter such values. Teachers should not be held accountable for factors that are beyond their control. For more information, check out the CEA's position on SB191.
After the rally, a palpably angry mood prevailed at the CEA Delegate Assembly. Packed with over 500 educators, the Assembly gave an animated response to Representative Jack Pommer, who spoke about the legislature's betrayal of education. Later, when Colorado Senate President Brandon Shaffer spoke to the crowd, he was not well-received, and booing and hissing punctuated parts of his speech.