California court’s fix tenure ruling can prompt sweeping change across US’ education system
A California court's recent ruling that teachers' fix tenure and other job protection laws are "unconstitutional" could eventually prompt a sweeping change across the US public education system.
Earlier this week, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu agreed students constitutional right to equality of education was being violated by fix tenure laws that give protection to "grossly inadequate" teachers. The judge cited the testimony of an expert who one year in a classroom with an inadequate teacher costs students as much as $1.4 million in lifetime earnings per classroom.
The ruling is expected to not only change the change the face of education in California but also in many other states of the country where teachers are currently enjoying similar job protections.
There are 37 states, including California, which give fix tenure to teachers within three years of their service. California gives permanent employment status to teachers after just 18 months of their service.
The California judge agreed with the plaintiffs that the practice was disadvantageous to both teachers and students and that there was no legally cognizable reason to rush to fix their tenure.
The judge also noted that dismissal statues are very complex. He noted that dismissals in the Golden State are "extremely rare" and it is next to impossible to get rid of bad teachers. Thirty-eight states of the country allow dismissed teachers to have multiple appeals and the process is so costly and complex that it takes up to a decade to remove a bad teacher.
As fix tenure and other job protection laws are hotly debated issues across the US, other states can now take a clue from the California judge's ruling in the case to get rid of inefficient teachers.
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