The excerpt below comes from The Metro Pulse in Tennessee:
“Two and a half years ago Metro Pulse ran a story, ‘The War on Teachers: How did Tennessee’s educators become the new public enemy?,’ which looked at legislation designed to reshape the teaching profession in Tennessee. Almost all of it passed.
“Under Gov. Bill Haslam and state Department of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman’s leadership, teacher unions were stripped of their right to collectively bargain. Tenure was made harder to get, while being rendered essentially meaningless at the same time. And the administration has continued to promote other reforms introduced under Gov. Phil Bredesen, like tying 50 percent of all educators’ evaluations to test scores.
“As more and more reforms have continued to roll out across the state, including implementation of the new Common Core curricula, teachers’ dissatisfaction has grown. And grown. Finally, it reached a tipping point.
“This is where our story begins…
“Blame it on Lauren Hopson, if you want. She’s fine with that. In fact, she’s more than okay with it.
“‘I’ve always been pretty vocal,’ Hopson says with a slight laugh…”
You can also watch a video here:
“I am tired of trying to plan five different lessons a day that hit 61 different indicators on a rubric, and that’s just to score a rock-solid 3…”