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Educators: Ending 'tenure' no magic bullet

Original post made on Jun 18, 2014

A court decision last week to throw out state teacher tenure rules may lead people to think that this is the solution for providing quality education for all students, a shortsighted view in the opinion of local educators.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 5:17 PM

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Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 18, 2014 at 4:05 pm

In reading this article, the tag line misses the point. No one is talking "magic bullet". On the other hand no is refuting the 3% ineffective teachers, and, no one is offering how to improve these teachers. The union "card": They want to break the union and pay is played everytime there is an effort to make inroads to improve an imept system of delivering uneven education. Most other unions at least have a union hall where ineffective workers can go to collect unemployment. In our schools, teachers get shuffled off to another school ot become expensive homework center supervisors. In California there is plenty of "due process" without tenure. Tenure is the tip of the iceberg of the whole contract that teachers feel that they need to provide them cover. Also, if 50% of teachers are leaving, I doubt that teachers will be let go in mass. There should be plenty of opportunities for any competent teacher. This is suicide for any district to let valuable teachers leave for greener pastures. Pay will not improve ineffective teacher, but better training would be a better place to look. Why doesn't the union help in this area?

I am not against a teachers union, it is needed. And, most teachers do a wonderful job. But, there are always a few in any occupation that don't want to pull their fair share or just can't do the job.

Let's remember that comparing our union teachers to other countries is absurd. The systems are not the same, otherwise lets get some of their union teachers over here.

This is not a union vs charter school battle. It is about getting a great education by competent teachers in a great country. Lets fix the problem and not the blame. We are talking about a small percentage that are spoiling the whole. In the article one can infer that we don't have the brightest and the best. Schools are often struggling to find good teachers to hire. This is a problem that tenure can't fix. Tenure is not a problem for good teachers as they are valued, but is a nightmare for administrators when they make a poor hire.

I agree with Ms Stipek, tenure fixes nothing but protects ineffective teachers. We need more good quality teachers, and this can only be accomplished with reforms in training and development for all parties. Administrators are not above incompetence either and don't always get management training that is needed to deal with personel.

I am hopeful for change for the better!!


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