At first, I was very excited to have a friend of education, and a friend of southern Ohio in the highest position. After reading that speech, I am very alarmed at what I read. I agree that there are some fine points made, of course lacking the specifics of how it is to occur. I am very frightened at the absurdity of evaluating teachers on student performance. His so called career ladder just got the rungs sawed in half on my end of it. I teach special education by choice. I cannot *FORCE* my students to pass some stupid test that is written at least 3 grade levels above their current achievement level. Therefore, I cannot be rewarded for performance, and cannot advance beyond just a teacher (regardless of the fact that I am now a teacher leader, and I serve as a mentor). It totally perturbs me when everyone continually insists on viewing education as a one size fits all system. We are leaving students behind every day because I cannot meet their needs in the context of the core curriculum. I just hope and pray that this will get shot down at some point and get some major revisions. I did hear some input from OEA, so the union is aware of the issues of a longer school day & year. Local contracts have been negotiated based on a certain time frame. All of those negotiations could be revisited with longer working hours. I personally wouldn't care if the school year were changed. I do work in a modernized building with AC. However, I agree about the warm weather...students are lost when they're dreaming about being outside. As it is, I see students that are totally done after the test. The last month of school is basically a waste of time. They couldn't care less...they know the test is the be all end all, and once it's finished, why try anymore?? Sorry for the novel, but it seems to have struck a chord with me.