This blog features observations from Randy Turner, a former teacher, newspaper reporter and editor. Send news items or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please come back Jim...
The last time Joplin Schools were on a roll Dr. Simpson was the superintendent. Teachers remember the nice raises (7 percent one year). He was a man you could bank on. Jim come back. We need you.
Many of those teachers ended up taking home less on their paychecks.He also hired teachers with less experience but more pay than experienced teachers, and the new teachers didn't have masters degrees.He changed the rules on career ladder hours and it wasn't what was best for kids.He also didn't like any comments that might be in disagreement with him or his edicts. He had spies before there were coaches.This man turned to education after losing his job as a geologist, kids are not his thing.When you use test scores as a measure of good schools, that did happen. Remember that they always change the tests and the rules on those. The tricks and games for those are short-lived.Was he the worst? No, but don't make him out to be the best either.
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