Wednesday, December 18, 2013

California: Possible 2014 ballot fight over firing teachers, looser tenure rules

After two years of bitter legislative fights over whether it's too hard to fire bad teachers in California, the debate could be headed to next November's statewide ballot.

Two separate initiatives have been filed to change the existing system for reprimanding or removing teachers, the most recent on Monday. Both appear inspired by the 2012 case of a Los Angeles area elementary school teacher who was sentenced last month to 25 years in prison for lewd acts against students over a six year period -- actions which, even when reported, failed to cost him his job.

"It's a broken and bureaucratic process," said Matt David, the political operative who filed the latest initiative.  (more...)

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