A major court ruling upheld state laws on teacher hiring and firing, leading one reader to ask why we can’t just pay good teachers more money. But research shows teachers don’t react to financial incentives the way you might expect.
Today’s sprawling job protections — which are now being hashed out in courtrooms — have deep roots in a rule-free era.
In a recent education town hall, congressional candidate Carl DeMaio talked about teacher tenure like it was a thing of the past. But the ‘Vergara’ ruling could be tied up in court for years. That might be a good thing: It gives communities time to hash out reforms.
‘We have a system that isn’t working and doesn’t please anyone,’ Toni Atkins said this week. She’s leaving the question of whether to change it, however, to others.
USD’s Paula Cordeiro said teacher tenure is a valuable policy that should be protected. But she also said that for K-12 teachers, it’s a hurried decision that’s made in less than two years – before teachers have a chance to prove what they can do.
California’s GOP candidate for governor Neel Kashkari shared what he took away from his homeless stint in Fresno, pointed out what he sees as big flaws in CEQA and defended his oversight of the big banks bailout.
A new evaluation process must take into consideration all major components of a teacher’s job, highlighting those who play leadership roles on campus and putting a new premium on innovation.
However tentative they are and no matter many appeals the Vergara ruling provokes, Judge Rolf Treu has collected a series of observations that will frame and color the debate over teacher effectiveness for many years to come.
The contract between San Diego Unified and the teachers union expires at the end of June. That means San Diego Unified will currently have a little more than a month to make some big choices – with less money than it hoped to have. In other words, it’s about to get real.
The toxic debate over hiring and firing teachers in San Diego Unified has reverberated for years. But a case being deliberated in Los Angeles could set off a mushroom cloud that will envelop school districts across the state.