Google’s fail and teacher jail

By Larry Sand
Firing one employee is big news, while not firing hundreds is ignored. Without going through another weedy analysis of James Damore’s firing from Google – Holman Jenkins, George Leef and Nick Gillespie have done a fine job of that – let’s just say the Silicon Valley engineer was canned for stating what most scientists and...

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Vergara: What Comes Next?

By Larry Sand
Assuming Judge Treu’s rulings survive the appeals process, what will replace the offending statutes? In last year’s Vergara case, Judge Rolf Treu ruled that the state’s archaic seniority, tenure and dismissal statutes were unconstitutional, adding that the evidence submitted “shocks the conscience.” The judge’s ruling is now being appealed by the state of California, the...

TAGS: A.J. Duffy, AB 215, American Federation of Teachers, California Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, Larry Sand, Michael Mulgrew, permanence, Randi Weingarten, Rolf Treu, seniority, Students Matter, Teach Plus, teachers union, Vergara

The Vergara Battle Has Been Won…

By Larry Sand
… but the war is just beginning. Despite a landmark education decision in California favoring children over teachers unions, how much will really change? On June 10th, Judge Rolf Treu issued an unequivocal decision in the Students Matter (Vergara v California) case which revolved around the tenure, dismissal and seniority statutes in California’s education code....

TAGS: AB 215, Bill Lucia, California Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, EdVoice, Larry Sand, LIFO, Rolf Treu, seniority, Students Matter, teachers union, tenure, Vergara v California

Teacher Jail Break

By Larry Sand
The “housed teacher” syndrome is a problem created by the teachers unions and administered by an inept school district. For years, teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District who have been accused of misconduct have been “housed” as they wait for investigators to figure out if they are really guilty. These so-called “teacher jails”...

TAGS: AB 215, California Teachers Association, John Deasy, Larry Sand, LAUSD, Los Angeles Unified School District, Mark Berndt, Students Matter, teacher jail, teachers union, Vergara v California