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On Monday, we talked about what makes a great teacher. Wednesday, the flip-side: bad teachers, what impact they have and the challenge of removing them.

As part of WBUR's Making an A+ Teacher series, WBUR's Monica Brady Myerov reports on the difficulty many school districts have in removing bad teachers — a phenomenon in Boston called "the Dance of the Lemons." Turns out, it's pretty common.

Everyone has a had a bad teacher. What can be done about them?


  • Cynthia Brown, vice president for Education Policy at the Center for American Progress
  • Diane Ravitch, assistant secretary of education from 1991 to 1993; professor of education, New York University

This segment aired on May 25, 2011.

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