Skip to comments.Public School Bill Assailed by Union
Posted on 04/30/2012 1:06:33 PM PDT by John Semmens
The Nevada State Education Association took exception to proposed legislation aimed at improving public school teaching. In Nevada, teachers who complete one year on the job are granted tenure and are virtually immune from dismissal. Under the proposed bill (AB225) a teacher could be dismissed after three years of poor performance.
This new performance standard is a violation of teachers human rights says Lynn Warne, president of the Nevada State Education Association. The expectation has been that once you clear that first year you have a secure job, Warne said. Teachers have planned their lives based on this expectation. To rip it away from them, ex post facto like this isnt right.
Warne also argued that the legislation is discriminatory. Other government employees in Nevada have a similar tenure type system, she maintained. When a person cant do the job they dont get fired. The government just hires another person to take up the slack. Why do you think the number of employees has grown faster than the amount of actual services the state delivers? Unless theyre going to level this playing field it would be unfair to single out under-performing teachers.
Ms. Warne declined to address the issue of the rights of students whose education might be damaged by poor teaching, saying that is not my concern. I represent the teachers not the students. If students want representation they should form their own union.
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