Kline’s Pay For Performance A Joke?

I know I haven’t been writing recently, but I posted this on Twitter during lunch today:

Rep Kline introduces teacher pay for performance. Maybe we should start CD2 representation pay for performance. Kline CD2 perf = zero pay…

What does John Kline do for Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District?  Dakota County is in danger of losing out on $22.5 million in federal funding to ease rush hour congestion and Kline is against earmarks.

We know how much Kline hates earmarks.  He and his staff continually say he can’t ask for earmarks unless the current system of earmarks is fixed.

Well John Kline, what are you doing to fix it?

And yet, John Kline is so concerned (really read a lot of sarcasm in that word, I’m talking Steve Martin sarcasm) about “protecting” our money, that he introduced a bill to waste our money.  Kline introduced a teacher pay for performance bill.  It sounds like such a great idea, but how do we judge teacher performance on a national level?  Will it be how kids do on a test?  And that test will be a national test that will test everybody equally, right? 

So we start teaching even more to a test than we already do instead of teaching kids to think critically.  We teach them to be robots instead of teaching them to be contributing productive members of society.

This is a quote from John Fitzgerald at Minnesota 2020:

“Let’s get this straight: There is no entirely accurate way to judge teacher performance. Therefore, plans to base teacher pay on any perceived “performance” is nothing more than a political sideshow that panders to those ignorant of the situation.”

So John Kline is against money for earmarks that benefit the people of his district with jobs and a better quality of life, but he is for money to be wasted creating more bureaucracy for schools and teachers.  I often suspect Kline is more interested in proving government won’t work, than trying to make it work.


8 thoughts on “Kline’s Pay For Performance A Joke?”

  1. Hmm, teacher performance. The problems associated with this are enormous.

    Kline’s objective is noble. We want students to succeed– in fact, we want all students to do “better” or “their best”. Teacher performance-based pay will not entice “better” and “best”.

    Teacher performance-based pay is disasterous. It will be “one more new thing” only this time it will pit teachers against other teachers. That is, effectively, the opposite of what needs to happen so students succeed. The classroom is a lonely place for new teachers and many don’t make it.

    Now new teachers can’t even see the back of the room and pretty soon they’ll just start to assign numbers for ease in identification. Hey you, are you #55 in my economics class? Right! Sorry about last quiz. It clearly shows you don’t know what the hell is going on, but onward, ho! Sit by #66 and she’ll be a good influence on your learning.

    I’m sure Poge “standards based education” would be able to recognize this is just “one more new thing”… what does he have to say about perfomance-based pay? Maybe it’s time for Poge to get vocal. I believe he owes it to educators. I still have carpel tunnel syndrome from writing all those packages.

    PS Lutsen!

  2. Well, well, well … Representative Kline has finally offered a piece of legislation … they are rare. I expected something that would require full funding of special education that Kline has promised … or some changing allowing states greater control of testing under NCLB … but this ?

    But have you read the bill ? Why is Representative Kline offering a bill that gives greater authority to the federal government while creating an unfunded program that states would be stuck with the bill if the program ends ?
    I don’t know the answer to that question, but I do know if a Democrat offered the same plan, Representative Kline would be the first to condemn it.

    IF Representative Kline really wanted to enact legislation, then where are the co-sponsors ? Where is the companion bill in the Senate? 96 members (82 Representatives and 14 Senators) have worked as educators, as a teacher, professor, and/or school administrator … and when he offered the bill there was only one co-sponsor …. Tom Price …a Republican from Georgia who is the medical doctor that joined Representative Bachmann on a panel on health care reform at the Values Voter Summit.

    This bill does not have any chance of going anywhere … but if it did get through committee as written, I would bet that plenty of Conservative would vote against it. This bill would have made sense if the Secretary of Education was a member of a Republican Administration, but no way would they want Obama’s Secretary to dole out the funds.

  3. I see you, Steve Quist, don’t answer comments. It’s pretty funny, then, that you are knocking some Dem candidates for not using social media enough.

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