Skip to comments.Can a lawsuit by nine students topple teacher tenure?
Posted on 03/30/2014 9:32:51 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
The nine student plaintiffs in the case known as Vergara v. California - are challenging two main areas of state law: permanent employment and dismissal statutes the plaintiffs say make it difficult to get rid of bad teachers, and the seniority-based layoff system, which they say makes it hard to keep good, less-senior teachers during difficult times.
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You’ll have to go at least as far as Mars t find a Kalifornia judge that will go against any union.
When I was in college us students referred to tenure as retirement. We had professors who missed classes, sent in grad students and were practically never available for anything. A lot of them had consulting jobs that took precedence over class. Some of them were just lazy and there was no way to affect their behavior. They literally had to be caught having sex with students in their office to be let go. Now, it seems even that isn’t excuse enough.
(Oh, a prof in Tampa was convicted of supporting a terror organization. They continued to pay him for several years because he had tenure and they were afraid of getting sued. As far as I know, he’s still getting paid. )
Hit reset, then reformat educations hdd
A tenured university teacher is giving my kid a hard time, bragging how no one in his classes are allowed to make an A. For a Dean’s list kid, that is devastating. In my opinion, if no one in the class makes an A, the teacher isn’t doing the job and needs to go...The jerk also singles out kids he doesn’t like for extra reductions in grades. The school won’t touch the problem and refuses to discuss it.
Ask your kid if the teacher’s syllabus for the class has a grading policy. Also check in the student handbook if the university has a grading policy. See if the two are at odds with each other.
A provost will hold even a tenured faculty member accountable for violating stated policy.
I don't normally say this but get a lawyer.
Not getting an A in even one class can pull down your grade point average. And that will mean less scholarship and grant opportunities.
Not to mention the fact that it simply is not right.
It is just as bad for a teacher to give an lower grade then earned as to give a higher grade then earned.
I have replied on other threads, half tongue-in-cheek, that the primary cause of man made global warming is tenure of college professors.
And yes, I remember that scumbag professor at USF. A terrorist supporter and he still got paid.
“Youll have to go at least as far as Mars t find a Kalifornia judge that will go against any union.”
Oh really? Have you read Peruta v. San Diego? The 9th Circuit just overturned California’s CCW law, and in so doing, did the same thing in Hawaii. The RATs heads are exploding
A year ago my son called out a professor at his college for being stoned in the classroom. This pissed the teacher off and he started docking my son’s grades. This pissed my son off, so he started calling out the prof on other unprofessional behavior and the two of them got into a grudge match. (Yes, my son reported the intoxicated teacher and the admin did nothing)
The teacher just stared putting an “F” on everything that my son turned in and my son kept pushing the issue (with the teacher and the admin) until the end of the semester.
Right after finals, my son approached the teacher and said, “I know you hate me, and I hate you. I think you’re a sh*tty educator and you have no business in this classroom. So here’s the deal. If you give me an ‘F’, I’ll be back here next semester to make up the grade. And if you think I was irritating this semester, just wait until I have all winter break to really think about it and come up with a more creative plan. If you give me a ‘C’, I’ll go away forever. Make the call, but if you want to deal with me again, I *will* find a way to take your job.”
He got his ‘C’.
Sadly, he was one of the “nobody gets an ‘A’” jerks and a LOT of the Deans list and scholarship kids took a hit. My son tried to get them to rally as a group, but those kids didn’t want to make waves. They all felt it was futile and they didn’t want to deal with the backlash that was being heaped on my son at that point.
What hurts me is that it seems that the kids who have the most to lose are the ones least likely to fight back. They saw what happened to my son when he turned the guy in and what *didn’t* happen to the teacher. It was better to take the ‘B’ and not fail (in their eyes).
Also, the course outline and syllabus should discuss grading policies: how many points, how the points are earned (exams, quizzes, papers and so forth) and how the points determine letter grades (94-100% A) and so forth. As has been point out if the terms of the outline and syllabus are violated by the professor, the professor’s department chair and dean of the program and the academic dean need to be informed.
One advantage of medium to large colleges is that no one prof is in path to graduate. Don’t like prof then drop class.
If tenured university employees had it their way, any student who dared question the party ideology or orthodoxy would be arrested by the state, and be summarily executed for crimes against the regime. This goes for all students under the federal school system. I don’t call any of the teachers educational professionals, because none of them educate children, and none of them are professional. The best thing to do is systematically fire all school boards, and start over with non union teachers who are willing to actually to teach.
Anything that threatens the money train is something to handle immediately. Random protests mean nothing to the money train (they might attract the attention of local media, but that doesn't cut incoming students...) Protests during orientation and open campus events when perspective students and their parents are around DO mean something, and it takes seconds for campus police to react to such protests.
And there's your money shot as a student - look at the campus police abusing students at the campus - sure looks like a place you want to send your kid, right Mom & Dad? It is amazing how quickly administration will act, even against tenured positions, to quell such disturbances.
The other major target is social media sites that students use in their ‘research’ on campuses. Two small concerted efforts in these two areas can mean dramatic change done quickly, and are really the only effective means of protest for students.
For graduate students, there are many other paths open, but they should know them by now. I've seen one graduate student nearly get a campus stripped of their credentials through some innovative filings. The two professors who were standing in the way of their graduation suddenly found themselves in much different situations as the university moved heaven and earth to end this student's actions.
And of course, as another freeper mentioned, there are legal avenues. These are financial transactions and published rules of conduct. While courts are reluctant to return tuition, they do tend to hold universities to their own published rules. If a university has to defend against a tenured member violating their own rules over and over again, they will take action to see that they have much more limited options in how to violate the rules.
In the end, these are businesses. Focus actions that affect the business side of things, and they will change.
These students are operating under false premise that California’s Education System is set up to educate children. That simply is not the case.
We tried everything. The way the school closed ranks to protect this turd made us think his dad was a politican or the like..
I don’t think it really solves anything. It simply puts teachers retained in the hand of the administration, and they are themselves part of that same system. They’ll end up keeping the ones they like and ridding themselves of the ones they don’t like, and their evaluations will make it all look proper.
“...The RATs heads are exploding...”
Oh, the imagery...
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