Friday, July 18, 2014

I Defend Tenure in the Indypendent

Thanks to John Tarleton for a great editing job. Making me look literate ain't easy.

Teacher Bashing Knows No Summer Vacation

Issue # 198
In a closely watched case, a California judge ruled on June 10 that the state’s teacher tenure laws infringed on the civil rights of students in schools in poor communities to a proper education guaranteed under the state constitution.
Pointing to evidence that one to three percent of teachers in California’s public schools are grossly ineffective, Judge Rolf Treu wrote in his 16-page decision that teacher tenure laws “impose a real and appreciable impact on students’ fundamental right to equality of education and that they impose a disproportionate burden on poor and minority students.”
The astroturf parent group that pursued the lawsuit was funded by Silicon Valley millionaire David Welch. While Treu left California tenure laws in place until state appeals courts review his ruling, similar anti-tenure lawsuits have since been filed in several states, including here in New York. 



  1. Wow, strong powerful article. Will share on FB.

  2. Now THAT'S a keeper.
    It's too bad we can't frame the issue as : How can we *strengthen* tenure? As opposed to having to play "defense." i.e. defend its "right to exist" in the first place. Prominent case studies (like Portelos, Lirtzman ... and your own case.... ) where demonstrably outstanding teachers are targeted for political reasons, would be useful in this regard.


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