Tenure Tremors in California

By Larry Sand
Though better than the current law, a new tenure bill doesn’t go nearly far enough. As things stand, k-12 public school teachers in California are essentially guaranteed lifetime employment if they can get through their first two years on the job. This puts a lot of pressure on principals, as they must decide by March...

TAGS: California Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, Educators for Excellence, Josh Pechthalt, Larry Sand, permanence, Shirley Weber, Teach Plus, teachers union, tenure, Vergara

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

Teachers Unions Reforming Themselves?

By Larry Sand
Not going to happen. If change comes, it will be from the outside. Mike Stryer is a former teacher and co-founder of NewTLA, a union reform group that came into being in 2010. One of its goals was to get the powerful United Teachers of Los Angeles to adopt a sweeping education reform agenda. Now...

TAGS: Democrats for Education Reform, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, Larry Sand, Mike Antonucci, National Right to Work Foundation, Right to Work, Students Matter, Teach Plus, teachers union, Terry Moe