In a major victory for teachers unions in California, the state Supreme Court has upheld teacher tenure laws.
The predictable end of a garbage opinion. Also predictable that the media couldn’t see fit to interrupt the Trump dumpster fire coverage for one minute to note it. Public education just doesn’t rate to them unless it’s connected to the “sexy” cause of Bloombergian education reform.
It wasn’t so long ago that “education reform” was taking over the Democratic Party. Now it already feels passe. Michelle Rhee is a marginal presence, Arne Duncan is history, Barack Obama is on his way out and many of the elected politicians who embraced it most enthusiastically are retired, voluntarily or not (George Miller, Pat Quinn), or severely damaged (Rahm Emmanuel, Andrew Cuomo).
how are you going to turn public schools into engines of social mobility by eliminating one of the few real benefits that the teaching profession has?
How are you going to draw smart, creative people into a profession that requires postgraduate education by paying them less than they could earn with the same amount of education and constricting their ability to teach via onerous testing regimens and, to some degree, Common Core?
you can see the appeal for wealthy people who would rather sign a check to Students First than pay more in taxes.
In the end, it didn’t amount to much more than bullying teachers, and post-Scott Walker that got old fast.
Let’s hope that this decision means the page is turning on that era.
In a major victory for teachers unions in California, the state Supreme Court has upheld teacher tenure laws. By a 4-3 vote, a divided court decided not to hear Vergara vs. California, a case challenging state tenure laws.