The legal challenge is this: A group of Bay Area students have filed suit against the State citing the current processes of teacher tenure, dismissal, and layoff laws, charging that it's next to impossible to get a teacher fired for cause - in other words, for not doing their job effectively. The case is Vergara vs. California.
The statistics are telling. Out of the 285,00 teachers in California, only 91 have been fired in the past 10 years. Whether or not they do their classroom jobs effectively, whether students are actually able to gain something from their classroom presence, they essentially have a job for life. The CTA backs them to the hilt, right or wrong, to students' detriment. And hence the lawsuit.
The CTA's spokesperson, Eric Heins, went on record stating that the lawsuit is a "red herring," meant only to distract the public from the "real issues" facing public education.
When are we going to elect leaders that have a spine? Perhaps I'm asking the wrong question. When is a leader going to emerge that we can get behind, that is willing to challenge the CTA?