Alabama Parents and Teachers--What You Don't Know can hurt you. Let your legislators know how to vote with a simple and quick bill/vote form...Student Longitudinal Bill-Vote No, HB 267 on Student Privacy Vote Ye, SB316 on Teachers Evaluation Vote NO
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Alabama parents concerned about their children can now quickly let their state leaders know what they think. They can use the bill/vote form (see file bill_vote) and email it to your Alabama Representative or Senator. Some say they do not ignore emails (but many feel they are)-- but faxes maybe better. Please feel free free to email us the completed form and we will fax it to you--just put please fax on subject line. Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can call 334 242-7600 (Representatives) or 242-7800 for Senate. Please be sure to watch videos on this link...to get a quick study on why you must know. Sign up for network tv of education info at this link.
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House of Rep:
HB 267 Vote Yes
Student Longitudinal Bill Vote NO
Prep Act SB 316 Vote NO
We are united in fighting for students and teachers. We prayerfully ask teachers to unite with us to fight this (teachers please consider joining CEAI as they have 2 million legal representation for their members-visit CEAI.org--also tell your legislators how bad Common Core is affecting your students. It made a difference in Oklahoma.)
1. House Vote on Student Privacy Bill HB267--Vote Yes
Education, Alabama Student and Parent Privacy Act, public school student and teacher information collection and disclosure limited to academic purposes--Sounds great so please ask Terri Collins not to hold it up in her committee. Tell your legislators to support it and vote yes.
1. Senate Vote on The Student Longitudinal Bill (in agreement with HB 125). This is now up to the Senate--it appears there is no Senate bill version and they are set to pass the House version which is HB125.
State Representative Tim Wadsworth (R-Winston County) said, “Bill requires State when you start pre-k to be assigned a number that follows you rest of your life through schools and jobs. I am so against this bill. Privacy will no longer exist.”
2. Senate Vote on Prep Act SB 316--Vote NO
Eagle Forum of Alabama opposes the Prep Act, Senate Bill 316 by Senator Del Marsh. It was titled the Raise Act originally, and was previously connected to a State Longitudinal Database Bill. One important reason among many to oppose the Prep Act is that it will tie teacher evaluations to Common Core programs and tests. Eagle Forum of Alabama finds that the Prep Act pushes many of the same agendas as No Child Left Behind, which was a major educational failure....
Eagle Forum of Alabama Opposes Prep Act
for Flawed Policies
Here's more from Eagle Forum:
Senate Bill 316-Prep Act-Review
This system promotes centralized, not local control of education. Local school districts will be forced to adopt it whether they want this program or not.
It will require No Child Left Behind outcome-based teacher evaluations. No Child Left Behind was a failed program because it tied teacher progress and work ethic directly to student performance on tests. Student performance is measured by tests. This bill requires exactly the same.
"This bill would provide a procedure for observing and evaluating teachers, principals, and assistant principals on performance and student achievement." (Page 1)
The bill provides incentives for good teachers to leave schools that need them most. This program will take $10,000,000 from Alabama's Education Trust Fund. (Page 1) This is the cost of rewards to the schools that the state determines performed well. It also provides an incentive for teachers in areas with more difficult schools to move to areas that already have better student achievement. In reality, the legislature would be providing incentives for the best teachers to leave areas in which they are most needed. (Page 1)
It discourages good teachers from staying in public education. This bill increases the number of years teachers need to serve in order to receive tenure from three to five years. This bill does not provide a general raise. Instead, SB316 creates a bureaucratic system of rewarding school boards and lead administrators, not teachers.
Every other year all TENURED teachers will go before a board. Tenured teachers will be required to complete more evaluations in this system if they do not meet state exceptions. Again this is NOT tied to how hard the teachers work, but how well the students perform. Unlike private schools, every year each non-tenured teacher will face another evaluation. "Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, every teacher employed by a governing board shall be formally evaluated annually pursuant to this act and assigned a rating." (Page 10)
"Student surveys from students in grades three and above." (Page 13)
"A teacher may receive each bonus only one time during his or her career as a teacher." (Page 31)
It promotes grade inflation and cheating on tests which happened under the NCLB system.
It creates more bureaucracy and wasteful programs. The Alabama Teacher Mentor Program is a professional development one, which will be required; it is vague and useless. (Pages 2-3). Each teacher will have a mentor who evaluates them and reports to superiors. Teachers will be required to attend meetings with teacher mentors in addition to all of their other responsibilities.
The Legislative Teacher Advisement Committee will be created to make suggestions to members of the State Board of Education and Legislature. However, the details about who will be on the committee and the basis of why this is needed are vague. Teachers and public school employees will not be able to truly speak out until the Students First Act of 2011 is amended or replaced. "Select a liaison from among the membership of the committee to serve as a point of contact with the Legislature." (Page 34) While the individual lobbying on behalf of the PREP act will not be paid directly, the committee will be funded by the PREP Act. "Assist the Legislature in crafting education policy relating to the PREP Act." (Page 33)
Evaluations of teachers' evaluations will have to receive special training and certification. (Pages 17-19)
$500 will be spent every time EACH teacher is required to get a professional development course for poor performance. (Page 21)
"Selected schools shall receive financial awards depending on the availability of funds appropriated by the Legislature to the program." (Page 23)
Ties Teacher Evaluations to Common Core Student Performance
"STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT GROWTH. The change in achievement for an individual student between two or more points in time, based on standards-based measures that are valid, rigorous, and comparable across classrooms of similar content, levels, and status as a state assessed or non-state assessed subject." (Page 8)
"For purposes of calculating the student growth model, the department shall use student performance on the ACT Aspire examination, American College Test (ACT), and other examination.."(Page 11)
Teacher Privacy Concerns - "Collect and publicly report data via its website on the number of teachers at each effectiveness level by school and school system. The governing board shall only publish data that complies, in whole and in part, with state and federal privacy laws. A teacher evaluation performed pursuant to this act is a sensitive personnel record." (Page 20) There is nothing in State or Federal law which protects this data.
"...existing State Department of Education advisory groups or task forces, and other education stakeholders on how the program may properly reflect.." (Page 23) HB 125 sets up an advisory board that promotes the interests of a selective few and will violate privacy rights of students.
"The committee shall have the same access to unidentified data as the department under the PREP Act." (Page 36)
The fiscal note is three paragraphs long; it will be an extremely costly bill. Millions and millions of dollars every year will be poured into this program. "Senate Bill 316 as introduced will increase the obligations of the Education Trust Fund by up to $18 million for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, by requiring the following appropriations: (1) the amount of $10,000,000 to the State Department of Education for the purpose of rewarding high performing schools under the Legislative School Performance Recognition Program; (2) the amount of $5,000,000 to the newly created Alabama Teacher Recruitment Fund, pursuant to the provisions of this bill, for the purpose of providing one-time bonuses in the amount of $2,500 to teachers who work in certain schools and an additional $1,000 for those teachers at the beginning of his or her fourth year at the same school where the initial bonus was received; and (3) the amount of $3,000,000 to the Alabama Teacher Mentor Program, to be developed by the State Department of Education, pursuant to the provisions of this bill, for the purpose of providing continuous improvement and growth of new teachers through the use of mentor teachers, who shall be compensated an amount up to $1,000 annually for their services as mentor teachers." For the rest of fiscal note go to http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/ALISON/SearchableInstruments/2016RS/FiscalNotes/FN-35039.htm
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