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Views from the state
Developing a fair system for compensating
teachers based on merit requires thought and
care, but it’s hardly the impossible task some
Evaluating performance is not a radical con-
cept and the vast majority of Americans in all
sorts of jobs and professions work and succeed in
a merit-based system. Only the minority whose
jobs are not dependent on performance view
such a system with alarm.
It is they who enjoy pay scales that reward
longevity and credentials, regardless of effective-
ness, who are trying to derail efforts at reform
by pointing out the imperfections of current
job-performance measures. They would do more
good for education by helping create something
The failed Katie Couric experiment
WASHINGTON — CBS Simply put it is an every-two- who made a name for herself
Ohio’s current effort toward merit evalu- has only itself to blame. In a years business. Most local sta- as a personable morning show
ation of teachers is the so-called value-added star system that rivals any- tions have a tough time paying host whose extracurricular
thing Hollywood had in the the freight the nets demand to gigs included trying standup
measurement: statistics showing how much old days, it decided five years meet their obligations to their comedy.
individual students progress on standardized ago to hire personable Katie superstars like Couric. Cut- Couric is a competent host
measures over the course of a year. They Couric to the prestigious post backs at CBS, NBC and ABC for those sorts of things. To her
of nightly news anchor at the have been substantial. credit she is quite capable of
apply only to students in fourth through prodigious salary of $15 mil- The days when owning a conducting a good interview
eighth grade — those who have taken state lion annually. television station was a license and she has some reportorial
reading and math proficiency tests for more The result was predictable — evening news staffers from to print money are long gone, experience having once been
continued third place ratings the very start resented the and the outsized salaries that a Pentagon correspondent.
than a year — and are aggregated to deter- in a business where even “rip humongous contract Couric even local anchors make and Although Today is billed as a
mine whether a school’s students have, over- and readers” on TV, unlike had signed with very little past national correspondents have news operation it has become
their old radio counterparts, news experience at that level. been paid are unsustainable. more of a variety show.
all, achieved as much progress as expected not only have to sound author- All this has culminated with Moreover they have very little There is a huge difference
for a year. itative but also must look the Couric recently stepping down to do with experience. in the skill needed there and
Schools and districts see their state ratings part. Television is an enter- as CBS Evening News anchor Print reporters with years of fronting for a major national
tainment medium pure and to be replaced by Scott Pelley expertise long have smarted news operation. In that cov-
bumped up or down based on whether they met, simple and appearance often starting June 6. Starting in Sep- over the discrepancy in pay eted role, Couric is the face
exceeded or fell short of expectations. means more than the words tember, Couric will instead do between them and television of a celebrated operation
Gov. John Kasich wants the data to be used the anchor stars are being fed a one-hour daily talk show on correspondents at the nation- that has faded considerably
through their earpieces. ABC for a reported $20 mil- al level who make far more since her highly touted hiring.
to evaluate individual teachers. ... Obviously, viewers didn’t lion. That should make view- for a few seconds of air time Her predecessor Dan Rather
Teachers unions typically fear that prin- take the former Today Show ers across the nation deliri- daily and often are treated stayed too long and the situa-
cipals, given the authority to evaluate teach- co-host seriously enough with ously happy considering there like movie stars by those they tion became somewhat nasty.
her mop-headed, girl-next- aren’t enough of those around. cover. The bottom line of all this is
ers on merit, will play favorites and slight door look. Decking her out in Right. Movie mogul Jack War- Katie Couric has been drasti-
those they don’t like. While bad supervisors a black dress and pearls didn’t Broadcast news at the net- ner once was asked what he cally overpaid and would have
will appear from time to time, the problem do the trick. work and big market level is thought about Ronald Rea- been so even if she had led
She also suffers in compari- a dicey business these days gan for president. He report- CBS back to the days when it
shouldn’t be exaggerated. As noted above, son to ABC’s Diane Sawyer, a with affiliates of the main nets edly replied that he really saw was the most respected news
most Americans work and thrive in a merit- mature beauty with a boatload struggling to keep up the rev- Jimmy Stewart as president operation in the broadcast
based system. In a work setting in which of political experience and an enues needed to pay the bills and Reagan as his best friend. industry. That much money
air of quiet, friendly, cool com- and make the owners and CBS, the network of Edward reinforces assessments that
supervisors know they will be judged on the petence who looks and sounds stockholders happy in the R. Murrow and Walter broadcast television is really
performance of their subordinates, supervi- like she knows what she is years between elections when Cronkite, might have consid- just Hollywood in disguise.
sors have every incentive to fairly reward the talking about. the huge amounts from the ered other alternatives before Dan K. Thomasson can
What’s more, it has been sale of political advertising fill leaving such a venerable news be reached by email at
productive, nurture the promising and weed reported that other CBS their coffers. operation in the hands of one firstname.lastname@example.org.
out the ineffective.
The Columbus Dispatch Letters to the editor
Guidelines for letters Something spoke of an approaching hos-
tile attack against the Pentagon
but, incredibly, ordered a mili-
The community support was
amazing. Thank you all.
ment, who spent time after
the hours it took to put out
the fire, to salvage our few
Letters must include the writer’s street address and
telephone number for verification. Letters cannot exceed is rotten in tary stand-down. Ms. Gallop
asks why neither air defenses
Big Prairie belongings from our second
400 words. Editing may be necessary, but ideas will not be
altered. Send to: Letters to the Editor, 212 E. Liberty St.,
P.O. Box 918, Wooster 44691, or e-mail letters@the-daily-
the U.S. nor alarm warnings were
implemented in and around the So grateful They also took our beloved
family dog Tyson, to be bur-
Pentagon. One wonders why. ied. Those men went above
record.com. Editor: Look at the trillions of dollars and beyond the call of duty,
Recently the FBI opened we are in debt, they plan on rais- and I thank you all. Out of
up many thousands of pages
of history onto a website
referred to as “the vault,”
ing the debt ceiling.We must call
congress and tell them, no way,
we live within our budget and
after fire one horrible tragedy came
a million wonderful things,
and myself and my family are
which gives us insight to many so must they.We have seen no Editor: truly blessed to live in com-
files with little known facts improvement from one admin- I would like to thank the munities with such a generous
that have until now been pri- istration to the next, unless we communities of Apple Creek spirit.
vate events of the 20 century. demand it. It doesn’t take long and Wooster for the outpour- Once again, from the bottom
Missing was any mention of the to call your congress critters, so ing of love and support our of my heart, I thank you.
Oklahoma City bombing,TWA’s please put that responsibility on family received when our Elizabeth Ondo
flight 800, when evidence has your daily calendar, and start home was destroyed by fire Apple Creek
shown the FBI was instrumental calling, Let your voice be heard, on March 20.
in the cover-up of pertinent facts make a difference. I have never seen such kind-
in those two cases. Times are tough out there ness, and was overwhelmed
Also missing was any men-
tion of 9-11. Evidence by
folks, and I see them getting
much worse. I have a plan
with people donating items,
spending their time and Thanks,
many groups have proven that to cut our debt, email me energy to provide us with
parts of our government were and I will send it to you at: the essentials needed to start
involved in the killing of thou- email@example.com. over. I would especially like
sands of our own people during
9-11. There was no plane that
hit the Pentagon, probably a
to thank the Armstrong Fam-
ily, the Bradford Family, the
Orrville Christian and Mis-
missile, since no engine or body
parts were ever found. Some- Thanks for sionary Alliance, Premier
Bank, Apple Creek Elemen-
Thank you, Wooster Brush,
one needs to take responsibility tary, the Red Cross, and the for more than 45 years of
for this horrendous crime. employees and patrons of wonderful employment and so
Army Spec. April Gallop, Wooster Natural Foods. many special memories.
survivor of 9-11, says she saw
no plane in Pentagon rubble.
She has filed a federal lawsuit
support If not for their generosity
my family would have been
devastated by this loss. Lastly,
I was fortunate to be a part
of your incredible 160 years.
Here’s to many more to come.
against Vice President Dick Editor: I would like to thank the Pat Gerber
Cheney, former Defense Sec- A huge thank you to every- Apple Creek Fire Depart- Wooster
retary Donald Rumsfeld and one who came out for and/or
Gen. Richard Meyers, vows not donated to the Yard Sale for
to back down, she demands Leukemia on Saturday, April Poll question at www.the-daily-record.com
Justice. 30, in Big Prairie. The sale was
Norman Pineta testified to a complete success and more Do you think Medicare should be privatized?
the now-disbanded 9-11 com- than $300 was raised for the Visit The Daily Record website to participate in a weekly
mission that Cheney, on duty Leukemia & Lymphoma Soci- interactive poll.
during the attacks, urgently ety.