Teacher Assignments? Call Scooby Doo!

By Bryan Toporek — August 07, 2009 1 min read
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Maureen Downey of the Atlanta Journal—Constitution’s Get Schooled blog pondered why schools often keep teacher assignments a mystery, when a little information could go a long way to ease a parent’s mind.

My system sends a letter in late July telling parents that their child has Mr. X or Ms. Y, but gives no other information. Since systems go to the expense and effort to write a letter to each parent and mail it, why not include something like: Timmy will have Mr. X, who comes to us from Elm Street School in Charlotte, N.C. where he taught fourth grade for six years. He is a graduate of UGA and GSU. Mr. X is a former high school soccer player and looks forward to playing with the students at recess.
Can anyone explain why systems don’t seem to have this down to a science? Are there implications in this issue that I am not seeing?

A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.