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Vergara v California

Dear Department of Justice: The Constitution Does Not End at the Schoolhouse Doors and Plessy v. Ferguson Was Overturned - Right?

Gwen E. Samuel | Posted 05.25.2016 | Black Voices
Gwen E. Samuel

Black, Brown and poor communities across the United States deserve your commitment to "ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans," this includes ensuring equity in education because the constitution does not end at the school house door and you do know Plessy v. Ferguson was overturned, right!

Courts Are Failing Children on the Promise of Brown v. Board of Education

Gwen E. Samuel | Posted 05.13.2016 | Black Voices
Gwen E. Samuel

When it comes to choosing between children who need schools that will prepare them for a successful future and help stabilize our country's economy or policies that benefit adults only and special interests, the choice is clear. We must choose Justice and Children every time!

In Vergara's Wake, A New Role for Unions

Kim Farris-Berg | Posted 08.13.2016 | Education
Kim Farris-Berg

The national focus on teaching quality is gradually giving rise to the emergence of authentic opportunities for teacher leadership.

Group Created By Silicon Valley Millionaire Targets Teacher Evaluations In California

ed | John Fensterwald | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of EdSource, where it was originally published. Students Matter, which is challenging tenure and other teacher prot...

This Is What It Takes To Get A Teacher Fired Around The Country

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

States around the country can't agree on what job protections teachers should be granted. Some states allow teachers to obtain tenure -- a tool that t...

New California Bills Take On State Teachers Union

Reuters | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 4 (Reuters) - California Republican lawmakers on Wednesday announced a package of bills ...

The Benefits of Lengthening the Tenure Process for California Public School Teachers

Teach Plus | Posted 03.28.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

By Camille Hommeyer For a teacher in the Los Angeles public school system, tenure is an incredibly important benefit. In an environment where budget-...

A Teacher's View on Tenure Reform

TNTP | Posted 12.07.2014 | Education
TNTP

For most teachers I know, the debate is personal -- not just because it's about our jobs, but because as teachers who are always striving to do our best work for our students, we want and need to be surrounded by colleagues who help each other by doing excellent work, too.

The Vergara Era, Part 3: Labor, Civil Rights, and Education Reform

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 11.22.2014 | Education
Ama Nyamekye

Whether I'm at a rally or a dinner party, I often hear this series of questions: So, you're pro reform and pro union. But, isn't there an insurmountable conflict of interest with the teacher's union and education reform?

How Not to Reform Teacher Tenure

Peter Greene | Posted 11.16.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

TNTP have decided to stake out a middle ground on the tenure wars, claiming that we don't need to eliminate it -- just fix it. And to that end, they have eight proposals to create "a more balanced system." It's all in this very fancy "paper," which I am now going to "respond to" in this "blog post."

A Teacher's Plea to President Obama

John Thompson | Posted 10.11.2014 | Education
John Thompson

I became a teacher after Supply Side economics and the Reagan era banking collapse devastated our neighborhood. Three hundred houses were abandoned an...

How Campbell Brown's Education Reform Group Will Anger Republicans

John A. Tures | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

While pro-Republican partisans seem to be exiting the fight, former members of the media, and key Democratic strategists connecting to Clinton and Obama, are leading the fight.

Rebecca Klein

Americans Are Split On Teacher Tenure

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics

From New York to California, teacher tenure has been under attack across the nation this summer. In June, a judge in California struck down the sta...

Limousine Liberal David Boies Wants to Fix Our Schools

John Thompson | Posted 10.07.2014 | Education
John Thompson

They used to be called "Limousine Liberals." Now, dilettantes like David Boies are known as corporate reformers. Boies has become the kinder, gentler...

'The View' Hosts Apparently Want To Abolish Teacher Tenure

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

Hosts of "The View" caused a stir in the education world this week after sounding off on teacher tenure on Monday's show. As shown in the clip belo...

Teacher Tenure: Taking It to the Courts

Jessica Levinson | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
Jessica Levinson

The question of how and whether public school teachers should be able to obtain job security, or phrased another way, how easy it should be to fire them, is not new.

Tuning in to Teachers

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.19.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Why would 3,500 people go to sun- and fun-filled Los Angeles and opt to spend the bulk of their time inside a cavernous convention hall? To be heard.

The Case Against Teacher Tenure (Vergara v. California): The (un)Treu Story

Alan Singer | Posted 08.24.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

The setting, the characters, and the dialogue in this play, are fictional. Unfortunately the court case, Vergara v. California, and the judge's decision are all too real.

But Aren't California's Tenure Policies Unreasonable? Answering Vergara Questions

Kevin Welner | Posted 08.19.2014 | Education
Kevin Welner

Yes, the Vergara plaintiff team has used lots of civil rights rhetoric, and the court leads its ruling with a quote from Brown v. Board. But if this is about civil rights, it's through a funhouse mirror.

Yes, Virginia, There Are Bad Teachers

Peter Greene | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

"So I guess you just deny that there are any bad teachers at all." This is a popular retort to various forms of "Your system for evaluating teachers is a lousy system." It is a dumb retort. It is dumb in the same way the following exchanges are dumb.

About Those Vergara Naysayers...

Eric Lerum | Posted 08.17.2014 | Education
Eric Lerum

The most interesting thing about Vergara v. California may not be the decision itself, but the reactions to it.

Why Are Conservatives Celebrating the California Teacher Tenure Decision?

Peter H. Schuck | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Peter H. Schuck

The conservative mantra is that under our constitutional system, the people's elected representatives are supposed to make such decisions, not unelected judges. Conservatives' delight in the Vergara decision seems utterly inconsistent with this principle.

Moving from 'Test and Punish' to 'Support and Improve'

Randi Weingarten | Posted 08.16.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

California Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu ruled in Vergara v. California that the solution to the long-standing, complex challenge of ensuring all children, particularly underserved children, have access to high-quality public education is to strip teachers of their rights. Period. End of story.

Tenure: Education's Friend or Foe?

Dave Pruett | Posted 08.15.2014 | Education
Dave Pruett

A common public misperception is that tenure perpetuates mediocrity by permitting lifetime appointments for lackluster professors. In practice, the reverse is true: Tenure contributes to hiring the best and brightest.

Vergara Identified A Few Real Problems, But It's Completely Wrong About The Solutions

Ben Spielberg | Posted 08.13.2014 | Education
Ben Spielberg

Judge Treu's opinion unfortunately reflects a misunderstanding of education research and teacher employment law's effects. His decision also erodes labor protections without increasing the likelihood of an excellent education for students in low-income communities.