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Teacher performance report: should the Times have named names?

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Ckaris Williams, a teacher and Hurricane Katrina evacuee, prepares her classroom at Douglass Elementary School in Houston September 7, 2005. Dave Einsel/Getty Images

Response to the LA Times analysis of teacher performance in the Los Angeles Unified School District has been lively. Although the paper has invited the 6,000 elementary school teachers assessed to submit comments to be published alongside their rating, teachers’ union leader AJ Duffy is calling for a boycott of the Times. Is it appropriate for the paper to name names? Will the database benefit parents, or misrepresent the hard work of LA educators?


Bonnie Reiss, California Secretary of Education

Marty Hittelman, President, California Federation of Teachers

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