Beatriz Vegara was 15 when she said that one of her teachers fell asleep during class. Another of her teachers told Latino students that they would end up cleaning houses for a living.
Brandon Debose, Jr. said that his 10th grade geometry teacher had spent 10 minutes of class taking roll, didn’t explain the work, and expected students to learn math on their own.
In each of these classes, one can only imagine the discipline problems that existed.
Rather than just complain, these students did something about it. Backed by an advocacy group, they sued the California school system and testified about their experiences.
Judge Rolf Treu who heard the case ruled that the California teacher tenure system is … >>> READ MORE >>> →
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu ruled that California K – 12 school tenure laws are unconstitutional because they compromise student rights to a quality education by protecting incompetent teachers.
The tenure system is a holdover from an era when public school teachers were almost all women and could be fired for many petty procedures and personality relationships that had nothing to do with their teaching competence. Tenure laws were passed to protect teachers from such personal vendettas and from meddling parents trying to dictate what is taught in classrooms.
As an elementary, middle, and high school principal and district director of education, I have learned that good teachers have long been aggravated by the poor performance of … >>> READ MORE >>> →