A while back, I wondered if those who claim that accountability is the issue surrounding lifting of the cap on school choice would agree to enhanced funding of choice schools in exchange for compulsory testing and accreditation. I had no takers. In fairness, the idea was expensive.
So here's a more modest idea.
The Weekly Standard reports on a recent study by the New Teachers Project showing that in a one year study of four large urban school districts, only four teachers out of 70000 were terminated for poor performance.
This suggests one of three possibilities. First, human resources managers at our nation's urban school districts ought to quit their day jobs and publish business books explaining how they manage to hire at a success rate approximating 99.99428%. I don't know how they do it and what to call the book, maybe I Feel It in My Fingers; I Feel it in My Toes.
The other possibiility is that teachers are pretty much fungible and don't make much difference, so why bother firing them? Can't imagine that the unions will buy into that. Even I don't want to think that is the case.
The third is that we have an Accountability Gap of Nixonian proportions.
So here's my new proposal to break the cap logjam. Let's move to standardized testing and accreditation for choice schools. But let's not, at the same time, tie the hands of public school administrators in striving for their own accountability. Let's welcome public school teachers back into the real world. Let's make them "at-will" employees. Let's do it for the children.