IEA’s President Cinda Klickna championed Senate Bill 7.
I have observed unfortunate things happening to long time friends who are still employed as teachers. One of them is the (in my opinion) criminal abuse of evaluation by some administrators Evaluation being used not as a tool to improve instruction, but as an instrument of social control within a school.
My friends must comply or face unemployment. There is no discussion or appeal. It is “My way or the highway”. Whatever happened to shared governance?
These evaluations have become a bludgeon used to compel compliance. Compliance to the instructional dictates and management practices of some building administrators who care little about ill effects those dictates and practices might bring. How sad.
Evaluation as a weapon can be linked in large part to the sellout of tenure in Senate Bill 7. Senate Bill 7 was championed by the I.E.A., as I remember, to show that teacher “unions” were willing to go along with “improving the profession” through the removal of tenure.
I never understood how removal of due process could be considered an improvement, but those wanting to “reform” education did, and the I.E.A. went along and actually supported adoption of this bill.
Now the I.E.A. hails the arrival of E.S.S.A. as another great accomplishment, even though it does nothing to fix this evaluation sellout of Illinois teachers. A sellout the I.E.A. supported so they could climb on the “reform bandwagon”.
No attempt to try to fix their mistake is evident in this federal legislation. Are these organizations missing the boat again? Dues paying I.E.A. members should expect better from their leadership. Ignoring the obvious will not help. These leaders need to be put to pasture.