PRO: Best teachers don’t need fast tenure that protects worst

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Proposition 74 also would allow a teacher to be fired if the teacher receives two consecutive unsatisfactory evaluations. Within 30 days of receiving notice, the teacher could still request an administrative hearing to appeal the dismissal. The measure is supported by some major business and taxpayer groups, such as the California Chamber of Commerce and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, as well as the California Republican Party. The measure is strongly opposed by most of the state’s teacher unions, although some individual teachers have supported the governor’s plan. Lillian Perry, a 33-year teacher now in the Fontana Unified School District, said she supports the measure because she thinks tenure serves to protect bad teachers. “I’d give tenure up today just to prove my point,” said Perry, who is volunteering to help the pro-74 campaign. “It does nothing for my pay scale or expertise. All it does is gives me permanence and makes it difficult for my district or principal to get me out. They’d have to pay me off to get me out, and that means I can do anything. SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger believes Proposition 74, to increase the time before teachers gain tenure, would give school officials more opportunity to evaluate beginning teachers to ensure quality education in California. “Proposition 74 is important because it will help ensure that a highly qualified teacher is in each classroom by enabling school boards to dismiss teachers with a track record of low performance,” said Margaret Fortune, an education adviser to the governor who heads his pro-74 campaign. Under the current state Education Code, a teacher with permanent status can be fired only for one of 11 specified reasons, including immoral or unprofessional conduct, a felony conviction, unsatisfactory performance, consistent refusal to obey state and local education laws and regulations, and membership in the Communist Party. A teacher fired for one of these reasons has the right to an appeals process with representation by a teachers union. “I would rather know that I am being rehired every year or offered a contract every year because I’m good.” Harrison Sheppard, (916)446-6723 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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