Interview with Albert Shanker
QUESTION 7
INTERVIEWER:

Okay, remember just to look, look at me, rather than the camera. The process that the governing board had set up for selecting teachers and principals, uh, how did you feel about that, their, their process for hiring?

ALBERT SHANKER:

Well, we, there was a good deal of unease about that but we were willing to, ah--

INTERVIEWER:

And you might just rephrase, the process for hiring?

ALBERT SHANKER:

The process for hiring, ah, teachers and principals. First of all there were teachers there already and they were, by and large, they were staying. Ah, we had been quite critical of the Board of Examiners, ah, because the kinds of examination and process they had was not a, a very effective one. For many years we supported the process because we didn't want to revert to a political process. The reason we had this civil service bureaucracy was that, you wanted to prevent jobs from being bought and sold. Ah, and it was also a way of trying to prevent discrimination of people, took an exam and it was scored by somebody who didn't see you, that was supposed to assure fairness. It might be irrelevant but at least it was fair. Ah, but we were willing to make the exception here and did make the exception as an experiment to see how, how it would work out. Although, again, as I said, there was a good deal of unease about it.