Union teachers question Teach for America part of GRPS transformation plan
Caroline MacGregor December 4, 2012 | WGVU
The plan to
save Grand Rapids Public Schools 5 million dollars a year includes closing ten schools
along with other restructuring plans for low achieving schools.
is a teacher with GRPS. He says while there were accolades from various sectors
of the community for the 2.0 plan, a few parents objected to the idea of
closing schools questioning the amount of money that would be saved. Another strong
point of contention with some teachers is the idea of teaming up with non-profit Teach for
America to install teachers at Union High School.
"There were teachers who spoke very eloquently in contradiction to the accolades saying that to replace highly skilled teachers with unskilled and unexperienced teachers is a disservice to our student body so there were two sides to the whole spectrum last night, even though polite and professional, there really was a divide.”
Prince says more
than 50 teachers penned their signatures to a letter which was sent to
Superintendent Teresa Neal Monday asking her to remove the Teacher for America
provision from the Transformation Plan.
There is resistance among Union teachers to the idea of bringing teachers
who are recent graduates without experience into the school under the Education
Achievement System – a new statewide school system that will operate the lowest
performing five percent of schools in Michigan not achieving satisfactory results
on a redesign plan or that are under an emergency manager.
The GRPS board
will give its final vote on the transformation plan on December 17th.
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