Monday, October 29, 2007

More Taxpayer dollars down the drain

The Tennessean has a good article on the elite group of educators that are assigned to swoop in to failing TN schools and try to turn them around. This is an exercise in futility and a waste of taxpayer dollars. Like virtually all efforts to "fix education" this effort is, at least in part, well intended. It is also doomed to failure because it doesn't change the underlying structure and incentives that created the problem in the first place.


"It's so hard to put outsiders in a situation, but if a situation has failed there's got to be some outside help," said Connie Smith, executive director of innovation, improvement and accountability for the state Department of Education.

"I knew it was going to be highly sensitive because they're going into someone's house. And they've got to be top-notch people."

Tennessee has dubbed these agents "exemplary educators," and STAT (System Targeted Assistance Team) members.

Exemplary educators are assigned to "high priority" schools that fail to meet state testing standards for two years or more.