Commentary on today’s news and opinion, from readers and newsmakers.
Teacher evaluations are back in the news. This time, three lawmakers have sponsored bills that would make teachers’ report cards confidential. Here’s what LoHud.com readers said:
Teachers being evaluated based on testing outcomes doesn’t determine if they are good or bad. Need more observation by supervisors.”
— Mason Kristopher
As we have come to learn, nothing much good happens in secret and that is exactly the situation here. Why do teachers need special protection? They are adults who can fend for themselves. Their pupils’ grades ultimately become a matter of public record so why shouldn’t the teachers’?”
— Alan Brody
“We will not let this go,” the Rev. Calvin O. Butts said during his service over the weekend in Harlem. The pastor, who was talking about the police shooting death of Kenneth Chamberlain, called the incident ‘racially charged’ and likened the case to the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida. Readers weighed in:
“That is a true shame if an innocent man was killed, but was he or was he not threatening officers with weapons? If he was then he was hardly innocent to the degree that people seem to be implying.
— Alyson Cristina
“We are paying attention. The point is that one person dying unjustly at the hands of another is too many. We need people in the public eye like Rev. Butts, Ruby Dee, and all the other black voices that lead, speak up loud and clear for justice.
— Joan Colar Holley
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