Ms. Peterson taught for 10 years in the Houston Independent School District at Johnston Middle School, which serves primarily economically disadvantaged, black and Hispanic students. For much of that time, she said, she considered the district a place that rewarded good teaching and leadership. Then policies changed, she said, and raising students’ standardized test scores became a goal that overrode any other aspect of their education.Remember, Houston Texas is the model school district held up by Rahm Emanuel to show the benefits of more seat time for students.
“What mattered was the test scores of the students in the classroom, not the impact that people were having on students as a teacher,” she said. “Frankly, that’s super demoralizing, spending all this extra time doing what you know is best for the kids, and no one cares.”
|Daley was smart enough to step down when his poll ratings dipped to 35%.|