A recent poll among Rhode Island’s classroom teachers has revealed a glaring disconnect between educators and the Commissioner of Education. Morale is low, communication is non-existent and teachers are in fear of a flawed and unfair evaluation system that places a heavy emphasis on students’ test scores, which in many cases are beyond a teacher’s control.
But most importantly, students are suffering the consequences. It’s time to re-examine the Rhode Island Department of Education’s policies and the failed leadership of Education Commissioner Deborah Gist. It’s time to listen to the concerns of the very people who educate our children. It’s time to give classroom teachers a voice.