Been there, done that. Lamar Alexander, as Governor, passed a career ladder program that was supposed to reward teachers for their professional progress. It was a miserable failure because all those who benefit from the abysmal status quo did everything they could to water it down and destroy its effectiveness and they succeeded. Phil Bredesen's attempts at "reform" will meet with the same fate.
If you live in Nashville, Tn, YOUR Governor, YOUR Mayor and YOUR Congressman ALL chose to reject Nashville public schools when it came to educating their own children. Thats is pretty significant so let me repeat: If you live in Nashville, Tn, YOUR Governor, YOUR Mayor and YOUR Congressman ALL chose PRIVATE schools for their own children. And YET, they absolutely refuse to allow poor parents that same power of choice.
Unless and until they address their own hypocrisy, students of poor parents in Nashville and Tennessee will not be as well educated as the children of these politicians.