News in Brief
Dallas Warns Teachers to Improve or Be Fired
Nearly 600 low-performing Dallas public school teachers have a year to improve or be fired. The ultimatum came from the district in a letter this month explaining that their contracts would not be extended beyond the 2009-10 school year unless they become more effective in the classroom.
Jon Dahlander, a spokesman for the district, said the letters were part of its effort to move to one-year contracts, an approach that has angered teachers’ unions and those they represent.
The 580 targeted teachers make up about 5 percent of the teaching force. They were either already participating in a performance-improvement plan or in the bottom fifth of the district’s “Classroom Effectiveness Index,” based heavily on their students’ scores on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.
Vol. 28, Issue 30, Page 4