posted on Jun, 10 2014 @ 10:10 PM
Well, the verdict is in and some key points of California's Tenure statutes have been found guilty of being very bad to outright un-constitutional!
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.
You read that right. This started by students
. Mere students.
It's a MAJOR accomplishment and folks who say people have no power can bite their tongue for this one because these weren't even old enough to vote
as citizens, yet just beat down one of the virtual institutions of California's education system.
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.
I couldn't agree more about the cost of bad teachers...and they went on to quantify just what it's cost before now to remove them. It's stunning
and this is part of a court decision, as recorded public record.
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."
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. No 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.
Let them keep their jobs by doing as good a job (or BETTER, to be realistic in how it normally works) in their 20th year as they were in their 1st or
5th years in a classroom.
If not....Burger King is hiring. Just accept being taught a new trade and serving as many of your former students as you're working with, if you're
a crappy teacher or burn out case in the classroom.