California School Fiscal Services
|Posted on June 12, 2014 at 9:15 AM|
This week Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu struck down teacher tenure laws in California citing that they discriminated against poor and minority students. In his ruling, he stated the following:
"There is also no dispute that there are a significant number of grossly ineffective teachers currently active in California classrooms. Dr. Berliner, an expert called by State Defendants, testified that 1 to 3% of teachers in California are grossly ineffective. Given that that the evidence showed roughly 275,000 active teachers in this state, the extrapolated number of grossly ineffective teachers ranges from 2,750 to 8,250. Considering the effect of grossly ineffective teachers on students … it therefore cannot be gainsaid that the number of grossly ineffective teachers has a direct, real, appreciable, and negative impact on a significant number of California students, now and well into the future for as long as said teachers hold their positions."
Of course, the CTA has announced it will appeal.
This is exactly the kind of controversy that can derail us from keeping our focus on what really matters...our students. It's so easy to get engaged in the "water cooler" conversation and put aside our responsibilities and obligations. My advice is to rise above it all and keep your focus on what really matter. All that we can count on for now is that this is one giant political situation and it is best for the business office to give it a wide berth. You can never lose by taking the high road...and in this instance, take another road altogether!
Categories: California Teacher Tenure