April 28 roundup

by Walter Olson on April 28, 2009

  • Forensics gone wrong: Alabama mom spends nine months in jail after medical examiner misdiagnoses stillbirth as murder [Patrick @ Popehat]
  • Bouncer shot outside bar going after owners individually to collect $1.5 million verdict [W.V. Record]
  • “Feds Seize Assets of Companies Suspected of Hiring Illegal Aliens” [Reisinger, Corporate Counsel]
  • Dealing with compulsive-hoarder tenants who fill apartment up to the ceiling with trash can be legally tricky [San Francisco Weekly]
  • NYC has paid more than a half billion dollars over past decade to settle police misconduct suits [NY Post]
  • Los Angeles schools taking aim at state laws that make it near impossible to fire teachers [L.A. Daily News via Kaus]
  • Another parent put through mistaken-identity child-support hell, this time in Pennsylvania [Harrisburg Patriot-News via Amy Alkon] For a similar case from California, see August 7-8, 2001;
  • Disabled man finds vehicle towed, wheels himself in cold to distant lot, catches pneumonia. Liability for tow company and parking lot owner? [John Hochfelder, who also hosts Blawg Review #209 this week on a theme of remembering his father, a veteran of the WWII battle of Iwo Jima]

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1 George 04.28.09 at 10:11 pm

In theory I agree with the idea of firing teachers who don’t do their jobs well. In practice however, what metrics should you use to measure whether a teacher is doing a good or a bad job? Grades and test scores both have serious issues. The most likely standard will be how their principle thinks of them.

The principle’s opinion is not necessarily a bad metric: that’s essentially how employee performance at corporations is measured as well. The problem is how can you tell if the principle/boss is incompetent and is firing/not rewarding the right people? For a corporation, eventually the market will take care of issue of a corporation run by incompetent people. For school administrators, it’s not clear to me that there’s any such force that will expose the bad ones and reward the good ones.

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