PROLOGUE & DISCLAIMER
TABACCO: Yes, Unions are also a ‘Mixed Blessing’, and re Public School Teachers, Unions are Anathema! But in general, what else do the workingman and woman have in their arsenal to protect him- or herself from Corporate instituted Slavery!
So whereas I abhor Teachers’ Unions as now constituted, I support the Union Movement in America (both public sector and private), which the Powers-That-Be are attempting to eradicate – at least until We The People find a better Solution that protects Workers without entitling them to draw paychecks without doing commensurate work because of Tenure and Seniority!
Always remember that NO Advocacy Group, NO Legislation, NO Individual is ALL GOOD – or ALL BAD for that matter (NRA excluded or course)!
teacher tenure is bad
A Superior Court judge in Los Angeles on Tuesday struck down state laws in California governing teacher tenure, ruling against teachers unions in a sweeping decision that’s expected to upend how teachers are hired and fired in the state — and possibly far beyond it.
The case, Vergara v. California, will likely be appealed to the Supreme Court and could set off similar legal challenges in other states. Brought on behalf of nine public-school students in the state, the case challenged a set of laws, including one that gives teachers in California tenure as early as 18 months into their careers. Another requires layoffs on a last-in/first-out basis that excludes consideration of teacher quality.
Students Matter, a Silicon Valley-based group that brought the suit, argued that these policies make it hard to fire “grossly ineffective” teachers and to retain high-quality junior ones, and that low-income minority students disproportionately suffer as bad teachers are shuttled into their classrooms. Judge Rolf M. Treu forcefully agreed in his opinion, finding that five California statues violate the constitutional protection children have in the state to equal educational opportunity.
Wrote Treu: “Evidence has been elicited in this trial of the specific effect of grossly ineffective teachers on students. The evidence is compelling. Indeed, it shocks the conscience.”
Much of the evidence he was talking about came from economist Raj Chetty, who has calculated that the worst performing teachers can cost a classroom of children over one year of exposure $1.4 million in lifetime earnings. Chetty, who presented expert testimony during the two-month trial, drew on findings from a study published in 2011 with John N. Friedman and Jonah E. Rockoff.
They looked at data on 2.5 million students, grades three through eight, in a “large urban school district” between 1989 and 2009, and compared their math and English test scores to later tax records as adults.
Chetty summarized the findings in the case with the following graphs taken from his testimony. Students who had higher “value-added” teachers for even a year (these are teachers measured for their impact on student test scores) were more likely to go to college:
They were less likely to have teen pregnancies:
And they had higher adult earnings:
Lay off teachers by tenure (“last in, first out”) rather than effectiveness in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Chetty argued, and these are the kinds of real-life impacts that result from the below distribution:
That conclusion is disputed by teacher’s groups, who argue that removing their job protections won’t help students learn. The fiercely political debate over this question in California and elsewhere won’t by resolved by one study, or even several others cited in the case. But by his own words, this data clearly had an impact on Treu’s ruling.
TABACCO: READING BETWEEN THE LINES
First, let’s analyze the Article above:
If the California Ruling holds up, and if New York follows suit, will the Ruling help, hinder or have no effect on student education?
The Answer is – - – it depends on who makes the decisions on which teachers go and which teachers stay.
If Democrat Bill DiBlasio, current NYC Mayor, makes the decisions, I have confidence that he will make good decisions by and large.
If former Mayor, Republican Michael Bloomberg, makes those decisions, I see ‘first in, first out’ as a cost cutting strategy without regard to teacher performance. After all, it was Bloomberg, who made Cathie Black his school Chancellor for 4-months until public pressure forced her resignation.
Under current policies, which the California judge declared unconstitutional, a B.O.E. generally consisting of 7 volunteer parents and citizens makes those decisions despite having less experience – or at least less successful experience – than Cathie Black. And of course under Tenure, Teacher firing is rarely if ever permitted anyway.
But at least if Tenure is eradicated, the Students have a fighting chance!
“Brought on behalf of nine public-school students in the state”
The case may be in their names, but the legal fees were paid for by scumbags with a vested interest agenda! These are Capitalists, who want to profit from Charter Schools and whose primary goal is personal Profits, not Student Education!
“Another requires layoffs on a last-in/first-out basis that excludes consideration of teacher quality.”
This is in fact the only point that favors Charter Schools since their student successes are their only reason for existing. Charters do want to hire great teachers, not family and friends. However, even Charter Schools hire undesirables and malcontents and fire Teacher of the Year recipients. If you think Charter Schools aren’t run by a fair share of Incompetents, think again!
“low-income minority students disproportionately suffer as bad teachers are shuttled into their classrooms”
Who else dominates classrooms under Public Education! However, having said that, Charter Schools will NOT improve the situation. Privatization rarely ever does.
“That conclusion is disputed by teacher’s groups who argue that removing their job protections won’t help students learn.”
What would you expect representatives of teachers’ groups to say? Of course removing teachers, who either are incompetent or simply don’t care, is a + provided you replace those dead-weight instructors with spirited educators possessing adequate IQs.
You must accord these representatives the same respect you should grant to NRA spokespersons on the ‘teachers carrying guns in schools’ issue.
Unfortunately, it is not enough to merely consider the pros and cons of issues; you must also analyze in painstaking detail the motivations of those in favor or against any Solution to any Problem. Bias causes spokespersons to come down on the side of their own vested interests rather than the good of the People.
Now just who is
“Students Matter, a Silicon Valley-based group that brought the suit”?
David Welch, co-founder of Infinera
Los Angeles philanthropist, Eli Broad
and a few other individuals are underwriting the lawsuit.
Ted Boutrous, a partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and Ted Olsen, former solicitor general for President George W. Bush.
Tabacco: See the red underlined references above! Since when do George W. Bush Republicans and “a few other individuals” UNNAMED give a damn about Minority Public Education – See the drastically underfinanced ‘No Child Left Behind’ as prima facie example of that premise!
It’s those unnamed BACKERS that worry Tabacco the most! We MUST absolutely, positively and without exception ‘LOOK A GIFT HORSE IN THE MOUTH’!
If you don’t know who they are, how can you possibly examine their motives! Show me the UNNAMED BACKERS!
The lawsuit asserts that five “outdated statutes” prevent administrators from making employment decisions in students’ interest. The tenure statute forces districts to decide after teachers are on the job only 18 months whether to grant them permanent job status. Once granted tenure, they gain due-process rights that make it expensive and difficult to fire them even if they’re “grossly ineffective.” And then, when an economic downturn comes — witness the last four years — a Last In/First Out (LIFO) requirement leads to layoffs based strictly on seniority, not competency.
The protection of ineffective teachers “creates arbitrary and unjustifiable inequality among students,” especially low-income children in low-performing schools, where less experienced teachers are hired and inept veteran teachers are shunted off, under a familiar “dance of the lemons” since they cant be fired. Because education is a “fundamental interest” under the state Constitution, the five statutes that “dictate this unequal, arbitrary result violate the equal protection provisions of the California Constitution” and should be overturned. The lawsuit doesn’t prescribe a solution.
Tabacco: That makes me suspicious – how about you!
Tabacco: I consider myself both a funnel and a filter. I funnel information, not readily available on the Mass Media, which is ignored and/or suppressed. I filter out the irrelevancies and trivialities to save both the time and effort of my Readers and bring consternation to the enemies of Truth & Fairness! When you read Tabacco, if you don’t learn something NEW, I’ve wasted your time.
Tabacco is not a blogger, who thinks; I am a Thinker, who blogs. Speaking Truth to Power!
In 1981′s ‘Body Heat’, Kathleen Turner said, “Knowledge is power”.
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