Bill Sizemore is at it again! Doesn't he know the voters have had enough? This time, he's bringing back the SAME ballot measures we already said "no" to before. Why is not respecting the will of the voters? Like a bad meatloaf coming back with heartburn, here he goes again, wasting taxpayer dollars by forcing the Secretary of State's office to count and verify signatures — despite his court conviction on fraud — and adding further time and expense just to count all the votes. Sizemore is known for writing his proposals so INEPTLY that lawmakers have been forced to correct his mistakes for him, as in measures 47 and 50, delaying the rule of law and wasting our scant public resources even more. Furthermore, in a time when unemployment is up, Wall Street is collapsing, and many Oregonians are struggling just to meet their basic needs, Sizemore insists on hijacking the electoral process by letting ONE out of state millionaire, Loren Parks, bankroll his entire operation. Democracy should come from the people, not ONE MAN living in Nevada who can afford to dictate the political process with his millions.
As for measure 64, I am not a teacher, nor a public employee — but I CARE about the future of our beautiful state. The reality is that paying teachers based on merit means forcing them to "teach to the test," rather than teaching to the hearts and minds of our children. We should be encouraging them to grow as individuals, not turning them into sterile test-taking robots. Furthermore, no teacher, no matter how gifted, can FORCE anyone to do well on a test. Sadly, there will always be a handful of unmotivated students who do not care about school and could care even less about flunking a test. Measure 64 gives way too much power to these few unruly, disruptive students who may intentionally fail their tests, simply to lower the pay of teachers they do not like. By contrast, a well rounded education should encourage students to do well by fostering a love of learning from deep within, rather than harnessing them with the undue burden of passing or failing solely for the sake of their teacher's pay.
After all, if we base teacher pay on test scores, who will want to teach the students who need our help the most? It's the students with learning disabilities or those from abusing homes who need our best teachers the most. But these are the very groups who tend to perform the worst on standardized tests. By linking pay to the tests, we discourage our best and brightest educators from being willing to work in the worst parts of town, or in the classes where their help is needed the most. Do we really want a system where no one wants to work in special education, or at an alternative school, simply because the kids may not perform as well on tests? If anything, it is those very teachers who have sacrificed the most, and they are the ones who should be paid the best. As usual, Sizemore got it backwards again.
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