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.”

Funny story…

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.

 
  • Anonymous

    I received this same email.

    The smugness is tantamount to mugging someone on the street then, in the middle of the beating, stopping to ask them if they have suggestions for improving the situation. There is no sincerity in the statement; rather, it is designed to humiliate, insult, degrade.

    By offering the request, by patronizing the victim, the mugger can now ease his twisted conscience and shift the blame. “Well, I asked them for their input. They wouldn’t give me anything I could work with, so I just kept  beating.”

    Textbook bullying.

  • With a serious conversation about improving teacher pay and evaluation systems, Ohio could be a standard setter in the country, and within a decade develop one of the most effective and rewarding education systems in the world.  Alas, John Kasich is too immature to diligently research WHO should even be in that conversation, too egotistical to delegate the task, and too vindictive to include people he may disagree with.

    There are people with ideas in Ohio, and they aren’t necessarily (probably aren’t) in politics, and likely don’t have an “R” next to their name.  There are, undoubtedly, teachers who consider these things every day; administrators who would love to test new systems to see what’s the most effective; school boards starving to make a difference in their community–and all of them have to sit on their hands.  These e-mails are nice, but it’s all just smoke blown out of a failing @$$hole.

  • Guest

    He’s evil and a tool of the evil rich. Why listen to teachers when he is soooooooooooooooo smart. 

    Evil  in America brought to us by evil radical R’s and their lowly minions. 

  • Adrienne

    Looks like reading comprehension is a problem. Guess he would blame it on his teachers.

    Evil, heartless, dumbass!

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Merit raises ?…..  sure starting with all of them from the gov down to his last buddy !! 
    I think its time for a concerned citizens group to take up the  call for petitions for impeaching and government merit raises………………….wonder if the Koch Bros will support this……LOL 

  • Anastasjoy

    A serious conversation can only be had when the people with the bully pulpit don’t have the ulterior motive of destroying public education and re-directing the money that should be educating kids to the pockets of their cronies. When the process is led by people who are sworn enemies of public education, it won’t work and the outcome won’t be good.

  • Anastasjoy

    I think voters should get to assess the “merit” of Kasich’s top personal staff — the ones he gave lavish raises to — and their pay should be adjusted accordingly. I would like to serve on the panel assessing Beth Hansen and her $47,000 a year raise.

  • Anastasjoy

    I think voters should get to assess the “merit” of Kasich’s top personal staff — the ones he gave lavish raises to — and their pay should be adjusted accordingly. I would like to serve on the panel assessing Beth Hansen and her $47,000 a year raise.

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