I got an email from John Kasich this week asking me if I know any teachers who want to share their thoughts on the merit pay language he inserted into the budget, asking if I know any teachers who would be willing to help him “design a better system to accurately and fairly assess teacher performance.”
In the email Kasich claims he wants to “make sure that teachers across the state know that if they want to participate in establishing this criteria, we want to invite them to be a part of this process.”
Two days later (today) the AP published an article showing that Kasich has already received hundreds of emails from teachers about this exact topic. And most of them, it seems, go something like this:
“NO TO MERIT PAY UNLESS YOU ARE PAID ON A MERIT SYSTEM AND THE PUBLIC GETS TO EVALUATE YOUR PERFORMANCE EVERY YEAR!!!!!!!”
Obviously, Kasich isn’t seriously soliciting advice from teachers. We and he both know that any new responses he gets from teachers are going to be the same as the old ones: all caps, dozens of exclamation points, and extremely negative.
Kasich has already decided he’s going to screw over teachers – and asking for their advice now is too little, too late, and extremely offensive.