I feel bad for the family of Rigoberto Ruelas because they have lost a loved one. Now television reports indicate he might have been distraught over his lackluster showing at the Los Angeles Times’ controversial teacher ratings site.
California teachers unions have seized the moment and called for the Times ratings site to be pulled down. The unions would like us to believe that the published ratings were the cause of Mr. Ruelas’ suicide and therefore should be taken off the internet.
But the real reason that the unions want them taken down is because it show the public that the vast majority of California teachers are unqualified, under educated inept people that don’t care about anything but their paychecks. Kind of like President Obama.
Teachers in California are among the highest paid in the nation, yet we rank dead last in test scores nationally. The unions know this but will do nothing to help correct the situation.
The unions have created a system in the state whereas no one can be fired for poor job performance. The problem will get worse before it gets better.
Kudos to the Los Angeles Times for publishing the teachers scores for all to see. JD