Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins has officially joined the rest of the state’s leadership in being unwilling to say much of substance about the controversial Vergara ruling, in which a Los Angeles judge declared that teacher employee protections produced poor educational opportunities for some kids and therefore violated their civil rights.
The teachers union is going to appeal the ruling. But the state hasn’t decided whether it will join.
Atkins would not take a side, Saturday, when she sat down with Scott Lewis at Politifest.
Lewis breaks down what she would say in a new commentary. Atkins thinks there should be a better process for firing teachers who aren’t performing well but she wouldn’t go much farther than that.
The Dean’s Take
Paula Cordeiro, dean of the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education, told a crowd at Politifest that the fix to the teacher tenure mess may lie in ivory towers.
The problem: Teachers get tenure after two years, and then it becomes very difficult to sack them for reasons of performance. While tenure was created for good reasons — to protect educators from being fired for expressing unpopular opinions, getting married or assigning controversial books — critics say it overly protects teachers at the price of a quality education for children.