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Editorial today calls for raising bar for tenure

Original post made by Times Reader on Jan 31, 2014

Today's 1/31/13 Editorial in our (Pleasanton) BayAreaNewsGroup CCTimes, titled "K-12 teachers need higher bar for tenure". It reads there are good reasons for college level PhDs with proven research and teaching abilities to be given. It goes on to say "California K-12 teachers get tenure--including significant protection from being fired for CAUSE--after about 18 months of service. That's a very low bar indeed for any profession".
A CA lawsuit has now been filed to fix that much too soon low bar. "If a teacher turns out to be a real problem, that teacher could be fired like the rest of us when we don't perform our jobs well".
Californians value most of our teachers who do a fine job. But, the closing line of this editorial "this suit has merit, and the state will have better schools if it succeeds".
For the sake of our children's education and safety, I hope premature tenure will be corrected.

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