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Two years ago, the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher signed on to represent eight California public students targeting teacher tenure, in Vergara v. California. The case went to trial this year, with the students claiming that the state's education system violates the equal protection provision of the California Constitution.
At issue were state education laws that students said unfairly gave teachers permanent employment, prevented removal of grossly ineffective teachers from classrooms, and during economic downturns required layoffs of teachers based on seniority rather than on their ability to teach.
But in his 16-page ruling, Treu found the evidence of the negative impact of ineffective teachers "compelling."
"Indeed, it shocks the conscience," he wrote.
Citing expert witness testimony, he noted that "a single year in a classroom with a grossly ineffective teacher costs students $1.4 million in lifetime earnings per classroom," and that a teacher in the bottom 5 percent causes students to lose 9.54 months of learning time per year compared with average teachers.
Source: Courthouse News
The students further argued that it's nearly impossible to dismiss an ineffective tenured teacher; it can take between two and 10 years, and cost anywhere from $50,000 to $450,000.
Treu agreed that the state's dismissal process is "torturous," and found it "to be so complex, time consuming and expensive as to make an effective, efficient yet fair dismissal of a grossly ineffective teacher illusory."
originally posted by: Wrabbit2000
Personally, I see absolutely nothing about teaching that justifies tenure AT ALL.
Just about everyone else in society lives on the merits of their performance or they are eventually told to take a hike...
originally posted by: Wrabbit2000No where else have I seen incompetence, criminal fraud and deceit with deception practiced openly with a "what are YOU going to do about it??" attitude like I've personally seen in schools. Both as a student myself in California and as a parent now seeing it in the Midwest.
. Does this mean that you don't think your teachers were capable of passing some qualifying tests?
However, if we could do one thing, I'd be for paying the teachers among the highest in the labor market. The problem is, the teacher's unions would have me put down like a crazy man and we'd lose half our "teachers" inside 6 months.