Didn’t that LA mayor dork (the guy who took his wife’s name when they married) and the LA teacher’s have a falling out? :-)
Which would be funny except we get to pay for it.
The problem is the artificial beloved-by-unions barriers placed in the way of K-12 education. You would think that any person with a Master’s degree in math or science would be allowed to teach - but no, you have to pony up for 2 years of Marxist pablum known as education theory before you can teach.
My daughter just graduated from Texas A&M with a 3.9 GPA and a triple majaor in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Genetics, a 38 on the MCAT and missed one question on the GRE.
She has not decided what she wants to do for a PhD (or MD). Her solution was to enroll in a summer based MEd degree that has her teach during the school year. She will be teaching 9th grade science in the Cy-Fair school district next year. The teacher’s salary actually looked good compared to the stipend that most grad schools would pay.
My wife and I were checking out a pre-school for our daughter near Seattle. There was not a single native English speaker in the entire school: teacher, administrator, or student. All the teachers were from either India or the Philippines. 99% of the students were Indian, one was Asian, and one was eastern European. (This is near Microsoft, so the kids are mostly children of MS employees.)
I have nothing against Indians or Filipinos, but it just doesn’t seem good having foreigners teach my daughter read, writing, and pronouncing English. Am I being overcautious?