September 12th, 2012
01:19 AM ET

LA mayor backs weighing student performance in evaluating teacher quality

School teachers should be held accountable for the performance of their students, the Conference of Mayors said Tuesday, according to the group's leader.

"The conference of mayors unanimously supports student growth over time as a measurement in teachers," said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who presides over the conference as president. "That should be at least one of the elements of their evaluation, and if you ask mayors across the country, they will agree."

The 59-year-old Democrat told reporters that the issues in New York and Los Angeles, the largest and second-largest public school districts in the nation, are similar to those in Chicago, the third-largest, where thousands of teachers have been on strike since Monday.

"These aren't radical notions, and my hope is the parties will sit down and figure it out - the public wants to see more accountability," he said.


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  1. Light1Up

    Teachers get treated poorly by students. Parents should understand that some alot of these kids are little bad asses and that begins at home. Dont expect teachers to MAKE your kids learn.

    September 12, 2012 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Pete

    Yes teachers should be held accountable to a point,students should be held accountable also for their behavior,their intentions for learning and their allience with teachers to help them in their future education..Teachers can teacher more efficiently in a caring inviting environment,not one where teachers are battling with students who are there for one thing and one thing only,disruption.Students today care more of communicating on their cell phones than learning in class,their love life over math,their future gatherings over English.Take away cell phones,start that with parents,they're the culprit and teachers should warn parents of the consequences if these guidelines aren't adhered too.Students years ago were intimidated by teachers because of their authority,not anymore,students now intimidate teachers because the school boards won't back teachers up against a law suit or any negetivity associated with a peticular situation.Teachers have a lot more on their plates today,they're a teacher,mentor,a shoulder to cry on and a missing piece that can help with a disruptive family.Teachers should be respected more today because teaching is not all that they do!!!

    September 12, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. Spot

    The L.A. Mayor is the worst mayor in American history he should have never got a second term it is amazing he got to speak at the DNC he should have been impeached if he was a mayor in any other city he would have been impeached. He hides behind the latinos and hollywood and should be booed everywhere he goes

    September 12, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mickey1313

    The law needs to change. Allow schools to properly punish. Remove cell phones. Enforce truancy, put the impetus back on parents to make there children learn. And treat all gang activity with harsh and proper response. Kids are not adults. They should not be treated as little adults. any adult should have the right to dis cipline a publicly delinquent child. This would solve most if the problem. Oh ya and segregate non english speaking students, and require 4 hours if remedial english a day until they are fit for reintroduction.

    September 12, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Portland tony

    Just a bunch of politicians finding someone to blame for the mess most school districts are in. If you want to blame the teachers then give them as much authority as they have responsibility. Politicians have forced Boards of education into building Mega High Schools where 5K or so students have to attend and then give them no on campus security except a phone # usually 911. This saves tax money, but ruins students! Smaller class size and smaller schools would cost more...but the way it's going.......?

    September 12, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Spot

    Worst mayor ever

    September 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    LA has no room to pontificate about anything, seeing as their gang problem and educational system is even worse than Chicago', dude – be quiet.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    Students test scores obviously do not stem from a teacher solely. Likewise, striking the evaluation of teachers based even in part on the childs test scores.
    There are an array of reasons for the decay of our school systems...
    Government driving School Administrators to produce better scores in return for extra funding. Money is NOT the solution.
    School Administrators passing the ball onto the teachers by stipulating employment by a childs test scores. Nice to see we are putting the responsiblity onto Teachers and NOT each individual...
    Then there are the children...
    Packed in like sardines ... 50 to 150 per class
    Are they homeless...
    Are they being s@xually abused...
    Are they being taught proper manners for respecting others ...
    Are the parents themselves involved in homework...
    Are the parents instilling the word discipline with in the house hold...

    This is the enviorment in which our Government has created for our children to learn....
    It all trickles down eventually

    September 12, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    Shame on our Government ...
    Shame on those parents who do not instill discipline...
    Shame on the teachers everywhere who say their doing it for the kids...
    Shame on the POTUS for throwing money at as a solution when he knows better !

    September 12, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    The decay of the family unit and instilling fear in the child so that when they went out in the world that child had respect for others. All ethnicities seasoned a childs up-bringing with a little fear... boundaries !

    Neighbors watched out for each others kids.

    Class room size was smaller

    Government had not yet set their dumbing down (spinning that rat wheel for teachers and school administrators)
    plan into action... more test score driven results rather than reading comprehension driven results.

    Big pharma wasn't a dominate force in our childrens lives.

    There really is a whole host of reasons and they all come back to our very own GOVERNMENT !

    September 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |