Amidst unprecedented education budget cuts, California legislators are looking at reforming key provisions of the State Education Code, including teacher tenure.
In February the Orange County Register ran an article titled O.C. school chief: ‘Eliminate teacher tenure’
In March the Los Angeles Times headline read California’s quality-blind layoffs law harms teachers and students
On April 21st, a California legislative education sub-committee voted 5-4 to pass along Senate Bill 955. SB955 revises the teacher layoff notice deadline from March 15 to June 15, removes the seniority provision and allows districts to layoff teachers based on subject needs and teacher effectiveness, and provides school boards the final say when firing a teacher thus shortening the process of removing a teacher from the classroom.
The California Teachers Association (CTA) adamantly opposes this legislation.
Senator Bob Huff, author of the bill, is quoted as saying, “Schools should be able to decide which teachers will best serve our students. Hiring and firing decisions should not be based on an arbitrary last in last out policy. Our education system creates a quality-blind system when it comes to staffing decisions, and that’s not in the best interest of the kids.”
As parents in this district what are your thoughts? Do you support this kind of reform? Have your children been affected by seniority based layoffs?
Read more about SB955 here
SB 955 Bill Language