Friday, October 27, 2006

Blair, here's a suggestion...

Well, the incentive pay plan for Alex Green & Inglewood Elementary schools is dead--thanks to the MNEA's insistence on running the effort.

The City Paper quotes Blair Wilson, the public face of the donors, as saying:

“Exactly what we’re going to be doing, I can’t tell you,” Wilson said. “Are we still interested in pay for performance? Yes. Are we still interested in all other types of plans that could be for public education? Yes.”
My suggestion is that you consider a partnership with the Education Consumers Clearinghouse and/or Save Our Students.

ECC already has a Value Added Achievement Award. Amqui Elementary School Principal Brenda Steele was last year's local recipient. I've known it's head, ETSU Professor of Human Development and Learning John Stone for over a decade and have appreciated his group's information and insight.

Metro Councilman Eric Crafton represents the Save Our Students group. As promised earlier this year they'll be reviewing and collating the latest DOE information about our school systems as it's released in the next few weeks in order to compare it with last year's information. So far this volunteer effort has provided very valuable information about our schools system and they could certainly use some money to continue their effort.

We can't reward excellence in education if we don't know where it is. Both of these groups can help us determine who is doing excellent work and the Anne Potter Wilson Foundation can provide the financial rewards.

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