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Huge loss: teachers unions in California case
A California judge just set a precedent against teacher's unions. In a nutshell, he just gave a ruling deeming tenure unconstitutional. His take on the matter: “The logic of this position is unfathomable and therefore constitutionally unsupportable
." That was Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu expressing his outrage at a system that shields veteran teachers from layoffs, regardless of their competence, so says Politico.
You can find his full 16-page opinion in the above linked article.
No doubt Treu knows that this ruling will not just effect Californians, although being one of the most populated states in the US, that's enough. It will actually effect the whole country, giving other judges precedent to follow in his footsteps. He basically just gave Republicans a green light to go after teacher's unions hardcore.
I actually sympathize with part of this ruling though, to be honest. As much as I think that teaching our youth is in many, many ways an impossibly difficult and mostly thank-less vocation.. part of me doesn't think that tenure is always fair. There should in fact be a middle ground so that less than adequate teachers can be booted out of the system from time to time.
We need good teachers. And we need to do a much better job of taking care of our good teachers in this country in EVERY school and district. But we also need effective measures to be able to get rid of bad/serially ineffective teachers too. Watching a documentary like 'Waiting for Superman', and knowing my fair share of teachers as well, I can see both sides of the issue. I'm wondering, is there a middle ground on this issue? Can we not completely do away with tenure, but also lighten up and make it easier to boot the bad teachers when necessary?