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  • MIT Procedures for Academic Misconduct (how to terminate Jonathan Gruber tenure)

    11/12/2014 11:24:24 AM PST · by SteveH · 45 replies
    MIT ^ | MIT
    10.1 Procedures for Dealing with Academic Misconduct in Research and Scholarship Unethical behavior in research and scholarship strikes at the heart of the scholarly and educational enterprise. A shared understanding of expectations and responsibilities is, therefore, critical — not only to the quality of the research enterprise but also to the collegial life of this community. Academic misconduct can take many forms, including fabrication or falsification of data, theft of ideas or direct plagiarism, and deliberate interference with the integrity of the work of others. Whatever the form, academic misconduct is behavior that may lead to a variety of disciplinary...
  • Tenure on Life Support

    11/03/2014 8:04:17 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 31, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When a California judge threw out the state’s teacher tenure laws, he sent shock waves throughout the K-12 educational establishment nationwide and gave hope to American parents from coast to coast. “On a warm day in early June, a Los Angeles County trial-court judge, Rolf M. Treu, pink-cheeked beneath a trim white beard, dropped a bombshell on the American public-school system,” Haley Sweetland Edwards reported in Time magazine on November 3, 2014. “Ruling in Vergara v. California, Treu struck down five decades-old California laws governing teacher tenure and other job protections on the grounds that they violate the state’s constitution.”...
  • “Reach Higher!” Hell, Why Not Go For The White House?

    09/09/2014 5:04:24 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 9-9-2014 | MOTUS
    I guess I’ve been a little off my game lately, butt in my defense, I hadn’t even noticed until Little Mo pointed out that I’ve been wasting a lot of valuable Ethernet time/space yacking about racist topics like ISIS/ISIL/IS/ISZ, Benghazi, IRS, Fast & Furious and how Putin is rebuilding the Soviet Union one country at a time. As a result, he reminded me that I’ve been giving short shrift to the more important issues facing our country, like renegade schools that are dumping Lady M’s “Healthy Lunch & Snack Programs.” Because kids just won’t eat them. So they’re hungry all...
  • The attack on bad teacher tenure laws is actually an attack on black professionals

    08/28/2014 10:37:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 73 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 28, 2014 | Dr. Andre Perry is the founding dean of urban education at Davenport University
    After the Vergara v. California decision in California’s state Supreme Court, which held that key job protections for teachers are unconstitutional, anti-union advocates everywhere began spawning copycat lawsuits. But while reformers may genuinely want to fix education for everyone, their efforts will only worsen diversity in the teaching corps. The truth is that an attack on bad teacher tenure laws (and ineffective teachers in general) is actually an attack on black professionals. If the Vergara clones succeed, black children will lose effective teachers and the black community will lose even more middle-class jobs. Black workers are most likely to hold...
  • Tenured Partisans: The promise of employment for life has bred corruption in the civil service

    07/21/2014 7:33:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/21/2014 | Richard Samuelson
    Something has gone wrong in our civil service. Consider some recent developments. The IRS was forced to pay the National Organization for Marriage $50,000 for leaking the group’s donor list. Tea-party organizations and donors were much more likely than others to be audited by the IRS. This misbehavior was not the work of a few rogue employees in Cincinnati. In general, the IRS stalled tea-party applications for status as 501(c)(4) groups. Meanwhile, April Sands, an employee of the FEC, recently pleaded guilty to violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from campaigning at the office. Ms. Sands, who worked...
  • Union leader derides Obama education chief

    07/11/2014 7:16:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 11, 2014 9:21 PM EDT | Michael R. Blood
    The president of the nation’s second-largest teachers union said Friday that President Barack Obama’s education chief has turned his back on the concerns of educators and parents, but she stopped short of calling for his ouster. Teachers unions have been clashing with the Obama administration over its support for charter schools and its push to use student test scores as part of teacher evaluations, a relationship that further frayed after Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke in support of a California judge’s ruling last month that struck down tenure and other job protections for the state’s public school teachers. …
  • Judge Rejects Teacher Tenure for California

    06/12/2014 10:52:43 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 6/10/2014 | JENNIFER MEDINA
    LOS ANGELES — A California judge ruled Tuesday that teacher tenure laws deprived students of their right to an education under the State Constitution and violated their civil rights. The decision hands teachers’ unions a major defeat in a landmark case, one that could radically alter how California teachers are hired and fired and prompt challenges to tenure laws in other states. “Substantial evidence presented makes it clear to this court that the challenged statutes disproportionately affect poor and/or minority students,” Judge Rolf M. Treu of Los Angeles Superior Court wrote in the ruling. “The evidence is compelling. Indeed, it...
  • California Judge: Public school tenure creates unconstitutional unequal schools

    06/11/2014 5:21:56 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 13 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | June 10, 2014 | William A. Jacobson
    A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that tenure, seniority and other job protections for teachers have created unequal conditions in public schools and deprive poor children of the best teachers. In a case that could have national implications for the future of teacher tenure, Judge Rolf Treu sided with a Silicon Valley mogul against some of the most powerful labor unions in the country. In a 16-page ruling, in the case of Vergara v. California, Treu struck down three state laws as unconstitutional. The laws grant tenure to teachers after two years, require layoffs by seniority, and call...
  • Reaction to California teacher tenure ruling

    06/10/2014 4:09:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 10, 2014 | Various
    Reaction from policy makers, lawmakers, and education activists to a Los Angeles judge's ruling Tuesday that five California laws governing teacher tenure, layoffs and dismissals are unconstitutional because they infringe on the right of all students to a quality public education: "It's surprising that the court, which used its bully pulpit when it came to criticizing teacher protections, did not spend one second discussing funding inequities, school segregation, high poverty or any other out-of-school or in-school factors that are proven to affect student achievement and our children." — American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten. "Let's be clear: This lawsuit...
  • Key teacher job protections violate California's constitution, judge rules

    06/10/2014 1:40:43 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    LA Times ^ | 6-10-14 | Howard Blume
    Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that key job protections for teachers in California are unconstitutional, in a major loss for unions.. The verdict represents a complete victory by attorneys who argued that state laws governing teacher layoffs, tenure and dismissals harm students by making them more likely to suffer from grossly ineffective instruction. If the preliminary ruling becomes final and is upheld, the effect will be sweeping across California and possibly the nation. Ruling "The law was on our side and the evidence was overwhelming,” said Marcellus McRae, an attorney for the plaintiffs. "Whatever happens, we can’t go...
  • California Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional

    06/10/2014 1:34:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | 06/10/2014 | By JENNIFER MEDINA
    A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that teacher tenure laws deprive students of their constitutional right to an education, a decision that hands teachers’ unions a major defeat in a landmark case that overturns several California laws that govern the way teachers are hired and fired. “Substantial evidence presented makes it clear to this court that the challenged statutes disproportionately affect poor and/or minority students,” Judge Rolf M. Treu wrote in the ruling. “The evidence is compelling. Indeed, it shocks the conscience.” The ruling, which declared the laws governing how teachers are hired and fired in California to...
  • Can a lawsuit by nine students topple teacher tenure?

    03/30/2014 9:32:51 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 30 replies
    PBS NewsHour ^ | March 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM EDT | MEGAN THOMPSON
    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.
  • School District Works Around State Law To Protect Teachers Based on Seniority

    02/21/2014 11:59:08 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/20/2014 | Tom Gantert
    In 2011, the Michigan Legislature passed reforms that mandated that teachers could not be laid off based on seniority alone, as was the practice in union contracts. The law states that teacher effectiveness must be a factor. But at least one school district has found a way around that law. Language in the L'Anse Creuse Public Schools union contract, which was signed in March 2013 and runs through 2016, states that unless teacher evaluations meet very specific guidelines, layoffs would be based on seniority for all 599 teachers in the district. Here's how the Macomb County school district pulled it...
  • Life After Tenure

    02/07/2014 6:43:52 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 6, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    One of the few tenured professors to get laid off found that there is life after academia, and a more productive one at that. “Three years ago I joined an elite crowd: the tiny number of tenured faculty members terminated or ‘asked to leave’ their jobs,” Jim Garman wrote in The Chronicle Review. “Statistics describing this group are hard to find.” “A 2005 Wall Street Journal article estimated that only 50 to 75 tenured professors out of 280,000 are fired each year.” Gorman now runs an organic farm, and he interestingly contrasts academic work with, for want of a better...
  • Public School Students Suing Over Tenure

    02/06/2014 11:36:35 AM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 5 replies ^ | February 6, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    There are times where someone actually takes a stand and gives me hope that we can eventually roll back the progressive liberal tide and bring sanity back to our country. One such instance is taking place in California, where nine public school students and their families are suing the state over its laws governing teacher tenure, seniority, and the last hired, first fired practice. The aim is to dismantle a system that keeps bad teachers in the classroom; a system that teachers unions fully support. The lawsuit, filed by an advocacy group called Students Matter on behalf of the students,...
  • California students sue over teacher tenure

    01/26/2014 1:42:37 PM PST · by rey · 26 replies
    Press Democrat/ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | January 26, 2014 | JULIE WATSON
    Nine California public school students are suing the state over its laws on teacher tenure, seniority and other protections that the plaintiffs say keep bad educators in classrooms.
  • The Outlaw Campus: Universities have become a rogue institution in need of root-and-branch reform.

    01/07/2014 7:18:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/07/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Two factors have so far shielded the American university from the sort of criticism that it so freely levels against almost every other institution in American life. (1) For decades a college education has been considered the key to an ascendant middle-class existence. (2) Until recently a college degree was not tantamount to lifelong debt. In other words, American society put up with a lot of arcane things from academia, given that it offered something — a BA or BS degree — that almost everyone agreed was a ticket to personal security and an educated populace.</p>
  • NC Ends Teacher Tenure – Teachers Will Keep Jobs Only If They Are Good At Them

    07/31/2013 7:37:18 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 36 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | July 31, 2013 | Tim Brown
    North Carolina Republican legislators have pushed through a proposal which would revoke lifetime tenure for public school teachers. As the law stands now, after five years teachers are eligible for tenure, which ends up making it more difficult for school administrators to hire, fire and reward performance. Under the new proposal, a four year contract would be awarded to the top performers (top 25% of teachers), while others would receive one or two year contracts. The new North Carolina budget also ends a 10 percent salary increase for teachers with master’s degrees, although those who already receive the pay bump...
  • Legislator, Union Want Tenured Teachers From Dissolved Districts Hired First In Other Schools

    07/09/2013 6:11:11 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/5/2013 | Tom Gantert
    When the Buena Vista and Inkster school districts were dissolved because of financial troubles, State Rep. David Rutledge, D-Ypsilanti, and the Michigan Education Association said the teachers with the most seniority in the closing districts had a right to future openings in other districts. House Bill 4813 establishes procedures for dissolving financially failed school districts. It was passed by both the Michigan House and Senate and was sent to Gov. Rick Snyder for his possible signature. Rep. Rutledge offered amendments to protect the longest tenured teachers. He proposed mandating that districts had to hire teachers with the most seniority from...
  • Seniority No Longer Supreme For Teacher Recalls

    04/23/2013 2:32:35 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/22/2013 | Tom Gantert
    All of Muskegon Public Schools' teachers will receive a layoff notice and will be called back based on their performance not their seniority, according to an article on MLive. However, the district may have a problem trying to figure out which teachers to keep because of how it has conducted its teacher evaluations. For the 2011-2012 school year, 91 percent of its teachers were rated as "effective," according to the Michigan Department of Education. There were 299 teachers rated as "effective," 19 teachers rated as "highly effective," four teachers rated as "minimally effective," and five teachers rated as "ineffective." In...
  • Jindal education reform: one section of four ruled unconstitutional (Jindal wins, tenure gutted)

    12/18/2012 1:43:58 PM PST · by abb · 15 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | December 18, 2012 | Lauren McGaughy
    Gov. Bobby Jindal's education overhaul had another day in court Tuesday, as Baton Rouge area Judge R. Michael Caldwell upheld three sections of Act 1, all dealing with teacher tenure and salary. One final section, dealing with local superintendent involvement with school board decisions, was ruled unconstitutional because it was not closely enough related to the other aspects of the bill. Jindal called the ruling "a victory for students and teachers," and said it upheld "the core purpose of the law -- rewarding effective teachers and supporting ineffective teachers who want to improve." Under the Louisiana constitution, any bill brought...
  • Union Proposal Means More Arbitrary Teacher Placements

    10/31/2012 12:47:43 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/29/2012 | Michael Van Beek
    A key education reform passed last year requires Michigan districts to consider teacher performance when making layoff, recall and placement decisions. If Proposal 2 passes, however, union contracts will likely supersede and nullify this state law. Districts will instead rely on seniority and, in some cases, random chance to determine which teachers end up in public school classrooms. Nearly all teacher union contracts require schools to only use seniority when making personnel decisions. Teaching ability is prohibited from being considered. In fact, many contracts go so far as to prefer the decision be completely arbitrary rather than have a school...
  • Former University of Chicago Law School dean: Obama was never offered tenure

    09/12/2012 7:41:34 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9-12-12 | Charles C. Johnson
    A longtime professor and one-time dean of the University of Chicago Law School told The Daily Caller that Barack Obama was never offered tenure, despite the assertions of a New York Times reporter who covers the president and the first family. “Other faculty members dreamed of tenured positions; [Obama] turned them down,” wrote Times White House Correspondent Jodi Kantor, author of “The Obamas,” in a July 30, 2008 profile of the president’s twelve years as a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. And yet, according to longtime University of Chicago law professor Richard Epstein, Obama was never actually...
  • Looking for info on college instructor who shot faculty members

    06/11/2012 8:40:16 PM PDT · by 4buttons · 20 replies
    No source, just a question, personal | June 11, '12 | me
    College instructor, woman, in Georgia I believe. Maybe two years ago or so. Shot other faculty members at a meeting; she had shot her brother, I think, when she was younger. Originally from Massachusetts. Looking for outcome of second shooting, jail time, NAME, etc. Thanks.
  • After FCAT scores plunge, state quickly lowers the passing grade

    05/16/2012 9:09:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | May 16, 2012 | Cara Fitzpatrick, Shelley Rossetter and Jeffrey S. Solochek
    After conceding that poor communication with teachers could have contributed to the unprecedented plunge in Florida students’ writing scores this year, the state Board of Education voted Tuesday to lower the passing mark for the test. Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson defended the decision against critics who said it was a quick fix for bad results on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT. He said changing the test’s passing score to a 3 from a 4 (out of 6) “corrected the process.” “The results still stand,” he said. Just 27 percent of fourth-graders statewide earned a 4 or better on...
  • Public School Bill Assailed by Union

    04/30/2012 1:06:33 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 29 April 2012 | 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...
  • Spanier's status as Professor Unknown (Wife also a tenured Penn State Prof)

    11/11/2011 1:49:46 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    Penn State Collegian ^ | 11-11-11 | Megan Rogers
    Former Penn State President Graham Spanier’s status as a professor in the College of Health and Human Development is unknown, university officials said Friday morning. The Board of Trustees is working on Spanier’s contract, university spokeswoman Lisa Powers said. Spanier’s listing did not appear in the Penn State directory. His wife, Sandra Spanier, an English professor at Penn State, remained in the university directory. Sandra Spanier is the general editor of the Hemingway Letters Project and is listed on the Department of English’s website as a tenure-line faculty member. College of Health and Human Development officials were unavailable to answer...
  • Professional Athletes Tackle Teacher Tenure

    10/07/2011 1:56:37 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/6/2011 | Kathy Hoekstra
    In Monday's Wall Street Journal, former football great Fran Tarkenton goes deep. Deep to the root of what’s wrong with government-run education, that is. And he scores. His WSJ Op-Ed “What if the NFL Played by Teachers’ Rules” starts out with a stark picture of the National Football League operating under the same stipulations found in teachers union contracts: “Each player's salary is based on how long he's been in the league. It's about tenure, not talent. The same scale is used for every player, no matter whether he's an All-Pro quarterback or the last man on the roster.” Long...
  • What if the NFL Played by Teachers' Rules?

    10/03/2011 5:00:42 AM PDT · by wouldilie · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | OCTOBER 3, 2011 | FRAN TARKENTON
    Imagine the National Football League in an alternate reality. Each player's salary is based on how long he's been in the league. It's about tenure, not talent. The same scale is used for every player, no matter whether he's an All-Pro quarterback or the last man on the roster. For every year a player's been in this NFL, he gets a bump in pay. The only difference between Tom Brady and the worst player in the league is a few years of step increases. And if a player makes it through his third season, he can never be cut from...
  • Less Than 0.001 Percent of Tenured Teachers Fired Over Past Five Years

    09/09/2011 5:33:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/10/2011 | Jarrett Skorup
    Harbor Beach Community Schools paid one teacher tens of thousands of dollars to leave, despite the teacher getting caught kissing some students and head-locking one after being confronted for his behavior. Dearborn Public Schools paid four teachers a total of $197,353 to get rid of them after charges of sexual misconduct and possession of illegal substances on school grounds. Gladwin Community Schools has dished out about $40,000 thus far in a legal case against a kindergarten teacher arraigned on charges of furnishing alcohol for minors. These are a few of at least 156 tenure cases brought by Michigan public school...
  • Less Than 0.001 Percent of Tenured Teachers Fired Over Past Five Years

    09/07/2011 8:34:17 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/7/2011 | Jarrett Skorup
    Harbor Beach Community Schools paid one teacher tens of thousands of dollars to leave, despite the teacher getting caught kissing some students and head-locking one after being confronted for his behavior. Dearborn Public Schools paid four teachers a total of $197,353 to get rid of them after charges of sexual misconduct and possession of illegal substances on school grounds. Gladwin Community Schools has dished out about $40,000 thus far in a legal case against a kindergarten teacher arraigned on charges of furnishing alcohol for minors. These are a few of at least 156 tenure cases brought by Michigan public school...
  • Four School Districts Spend $525K in Attorney Fees Trying to Remove Four Tenured Teachers

    07/26/2011 10:07:54 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/26/2011 | Jarrett Skorup
    Four public school districts in Michigan recently paid a combined $525,000 in legal fees while attempting to remove just four teachers. L'Anse Creuse Public Schools spent $158,522 from 2008-2010 to remove one tenured teacher. Swartz Creek Community Schools has spent $140,525 so far in an ongoing case to remove a teacher. Farmington Public Schools spent $116,830 to discharge a teacher in 2009. Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools has spent $109,000 removing one teacher. This works out to be $131,250 per employee removed in attorney fees. This does not include what the districts paid in severance packages, health care or other benefits...
  • Dearborn Gives Four Problem Teachers $197K to Go Away

    07/15/2011 6:04:12 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/14/2011 | Tom Gantert
    At the Dearborn Public Schools, the administration wanted to get rid of two teachers accused of sexual misconduct and two more that were accused of possession of illegal substances outside of school. The district ended up paying the four teachers a combined total of $197,353 to get them to quit their jobs. Yet this outcome may have been the fiscally prudent one from the perspective of the local taxpayers. The district says its analysis of going through a costly and lengthy tenure process in each of those cases would have cost a total of nearly $400,000. They based this on...
  • Teacher Kissing Students Is Paid to Leave; Tenure Makes Him Too Hard to Fire

    06/27/2011 10:26:51 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/27/2011 | Tom Gantert
    Ron Kraft walked into a Harbor Beach Community Schools classroom a couple of years ago and found a male teacher holding a male student in a headlock. The Harbor Beach superintendent said an investigation found that the teacher had been giving both male and female students kisses in class, with some of the students only reluctantly agreeing. Kraft said a male student confronted the teacher about the inappropriate behavior and that the teacher responded by putting the student in the headlock — just as Kraft entered the room. The teacher was not fired. Instead, he was one of four teachers...
  • Weingarten for the Union Defense

    03/28/2011 12:34:36 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies
    WSJ ^ | 3-26-11 | jason riley
    Why can't teachers who have been chronically absent from work be the first to go? Or the ones who have been convicted of crimes? Or the ones who are languishing—with full pay and benefits—in some "reserve pool" because no school will hire them? Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently said that "last in, first out" policies hit low-income kids hardest because the poor are more likely to attend schools where teachers have less seniority.
  • Unions Strike Back at Anti-Labor Legislation

    03/28/2011 8:52:33 AM PDT · by Sopater · 22 replies
    Education Week ^ | March 28, 2011 | Stephen Sawchuk
    Besieged by state proposals to eviscerate collective bargaining, eliminate teacher tenure, and make it harder to collect dues, teachers’ unions are fighting back. Lawsuits supported by local union affiliates have for now blocked anti-union legislation in Alabama and Wisconsin. Unions are drawing on membership networks, e-mail “blasts,” and phone banks to mobilize teachers and connect them to local politicians. Rallies and demonstrations, meanwhile, have kept the issue in the minds of the public. Most of the action is occurring at the state level, but by providing state and local affiliates with specialized aid, the National Education Association and the American...
  • Gov. Rick Scott signing Student Success Act today

    03/24/2011 7:27:41 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies ^ | 3/24/11
    Jacksonville, Florida -- Governor Rick Scott signed into law the Student Success Act on Thursday morning. He signed it at KIPP Impact Middle School in Jacksonville.
  • Idaho Votes to Phase Out Teacher Tenure, Restrict Collective Bargaining

    03/11/2011 8:42:36 AM PST · by Qbert · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/9/2011 | Fox News
    The Idaho Legislature has approved a bill that would phase out tenure for new teachers and limit their collective-bargaining rights, marking a victory for lawmakers seeking union reforms in state capitals across the country.  The bill went to Gov. Butch Otter's desk after it was approved by the House on a 48-22 vote, with nine Republicans joining Democrats in opposition to the GOP-backed measure after hours of debate.  The measure is part of Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's plan to reform the K-12 education system in Idaho. It would restrict collective bargaining agreements to salaries and benefits while also...
  • Freep a Poll! (Fox again. Should teachers have tenure?)

    03/10/2011 11:47:39 AM PST · by dynachrome · 26 replies ^ | 3-10-11 | Fox News
    Should tenure for teachers be part of America's public education system? Maybe -- I guess it helps keep good teachers, but doesn't it make it hard to fire bad ones? Yes -- Tenure is earned, and it's needed to keep teachers in the profession. No -- Tenure hijacks the teacher review process. Reward the good teachers, fire the bad ones. Other (post a comment)
  • Dance of the Tenured Lemons

    03/10/2011 10:36:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | March 10, 2011 | Kyle Olsen
    Teacher tenure is considered holy gospel in most of America’s public schools. But this policy does nothing for children, and tends to protect teachers who don’t necessarily deserve job security. Why is it we never hear stories about tenure protecting “good” teachers instead of helping “bad” ones? One bad teacher was former band instructor-turned convict Matt Lang, who is now sitting in an Illinois state penitentiary. Lang was convicted of having sex with a 16-year-old student from Alton (Illinois) High School. But the mother of his victim is suing the nearby O’Fallon school district, where Lang previously worked, claiming administrators...
  • VIDEO: States tangle with teacher tenure

    03/09/2011 2:01:19 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    CapCon ^ | 3/9/2011 | NBC
    As momentum for school reform grows and state budgets continue to shrink, the system of teacher tenure is under increasing scrutiny.
  • Providence RI teacher dismissals seen as blow to seniority system

    02/26/2011 1:25:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    The Providence Journal ^ | February 26, 2011 | Linda Borg
    PROVIDENCE — No matter how you slice it, school experts say, the decision Thursday by the city School Board to notify teachers that they might be terminated at the end of the school year strikes at the heart of their union contract’s seniority system. Mayor Angel Taveras says that the decision he recommended to the board is strictly about balancing the city and the School Department budgets. He says that termination will save money because teachers who are dismissed and not rehired will not end up in a substitute teaching pool. But David V. Abbott, the state’s deputy education commissioner,...
  • If the NFL Worked Like the Teachers' Unions

    01/24/2011 5:43:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | January 24, 2011 | Kyle Olsen
    American Federation of Teachers’ President Randi Weingarten has been doing her best to make sure Big Labor has a say in education reform. She wants to drive the train. The National Education Association, on the other hand, is taking the tact of putting dynamite under the tracks. While Weingarten says all the right things and uses all the necessary poll-tested phrases, she really wants to maintain the status quo. No tenure reform. No need to judge teachers by any measure other than seniority. But in an interview with Newsweek, she made this curious statement, in response to Bill Gates saying,...
  • Pervert Prof Lisa Chávez Pushes Race Card to the Limit

    09/19/2010 6:24:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | September 17, 2010 | Van Helsing
    It must be wonderful to be anything other than Caucasian in a country run by moonbats. No matter how irresponsibly you behave, the race card can be applied to any conceivable jam you might get yourself into. For example, tenured English professor Lisa Chávez involved students in her dominatrix business. If you object then you're a racist: Life has become extremely complex in the University of New Mexico's English department in the three years since Lisa D. Chávez, a tenured associate professor, was discovered moonlighting as the phone-sex dominatrix "Mistress Jade," and posing in promotional pictures sexually dominating one of...
  • Onward Catholic Scholars

    08/05/2010 6:53:23 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 5, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Truly, the Lord works in strange and mysterious ways. It was both unbelievable and unsurprising at the same time that a Catholic scholar— Dr. Kenneth Howell— was fired from a state university for teaching the Church’s position on homosexuality in a course on Catholicism. “Howell, who had been teaching at the university since 2001, was relieved of his teaching duties based in part on an anonymous complaint sent via e-mail to university officials,” the Alliance Defense Fund reports. “The e-mail was sent by the friend of an anonymous student who claimed to be ‘offended’ by a May 4 e-mail Howell...
  • Colorado fights back against teachers' unions

    06/13/2010 6:10:22 PM PDT · by chickadee · 8 replies · 556+ views ^ | 6-13-10 | Robert Moon
    Colorado is standing up to the corrupt, self-serving teachers' unions that are rampantly abusing the system and throwing students under the bus (see here and here). They have now passed a law requiring teacher tenure (which shouldn't even exist) to be based on some kind of actual merit, rather than mere seniority.
  • A Typical Union-Teacher Contract

    05/14/2010 1:07:28 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies · 366+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/14/2010 | Michael Van Beek
    Utica Community Schools is the second largest school district in the state, with 29,200 students and 1,640 teachers. Teacher salaries are determined by a single salary schedule that grants automatic raises based solely on an employee's years on the job plus additional pedagogy degrees. Teachers are evaluated once every three years, but neither these evaluations nor the performance of their students affect how much they are paid. Utica teachers get automatic annual pay raises ranging from 5 to 8 percent as they progress through the time-on-the-job "steps" of the salary schedule, except for after their 2nd and 10th years on...
  • Miami-Dade schools ready for Monday's sickout (Teachers Won't Show up? Fire them.)

    04/12/2010 3:34:32 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 50 replies · 1,082+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 04/11/10 | PATRICIA MAZZEI AND KATHLEEN McGRORY
    Miami-Dade schools will be open Monday and parents should send their kids to class as usual, school district officials said Sunday, despite possible teacher absences to protest controversial legislation that would overhaul teacher pay and tenure.
  • A Typical Public School Union Contract

    04/09/2010 5:49:20 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 37 replies · 956+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/9/2010 | Michael Van Beek
    Nearly every aspect of a teacher's job falls under the rules of a union contract. The following is an analysis of the current collective bargaining agreement for teachers and a few other employee groups in the East Lansing School District. The district employs about 220 teachers and enrolls 3,400 students. Of its $34 million operating budget (excluding capital and debt services expenditures), about 70 percent goes towards paying employees covered by this contract. Teacher salaries are determined by a single salary schedule that creates automatic raises based solely an employee’s years of experience and graduate degrees. Although teachers are evaluated...
  • Florida lawmakers poised to kill teacher tenure.

    03/26/2010 9:47:41 AM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 11 replies · 449+ views
    The Silent Majority ^ | 03-25-10 | Robert Ehrenkaufer
    (Disclaimer: This is not directed to any of the teachers who work hard every day to educate our young. I know there are good teachers out there.) It seems as if Florida may be on the right track with this one. While I don't necessarily agree with basing teacher pay on test scores I do believe it should be merit based. Doing away with tenure may be the biggest step towards reforming education that has occurred in the last fifty years. No longer will teachers get a free ride once they are tenured. There will be an impetus to improve...