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  • Colleges Wary of Scott Walker’s Higher Ed Reforms

    08/28/2015 7:14:33 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 27, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Donald might not notice him and even Jeb Bush may barely acknowledge his existence, but Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is still causing absolute apoplexy on the part of his state’s university professors. Governor Walker waves as he arrives to speak at the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference ‘Tenure no longer exists in Wisconsin,” Chuck Rybak avers on his blog. “We have entered the era of pretendure.” “ The only moral thing to do, right now, is abolish the tenure file.” Rybak is an Associate Professor of English and Humanistic Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. “As someone...
  • Walker’s hostile waters: destruction of WI univ damages more than the liberal academic elite

    08/27/2015 12:31:07 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 78 replies
    Salon ^ | August 27, 2015 | Paula Young Lee
    Universities are an ecosystem, and when faculty are poached and grant money dries up, everyone suffers If you’re from Wisconsin, the Friday night fish fry is a big deal, and the fish you want on your plate is a yellow perch you caught yourself. But for years, the population of yellow perch has been in serious decline. Now on the verge of collapse, the future of this iconic fish is looking grim. Kind of like what is happening right now with the faculty at the University of Wisconsin, under siege from a legislative agenda that has been steadily decimating its...
  • UW Faculty Mass Exodus

    08/17/2015 9:50:34 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 73 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 16, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    He may not be getting as much attention as The Donald but Governor Scott Walker’s higher education reforms in Wisconsin are having a real world impact there. “Who wants to work in a state where tenure is an abstraction?,” Kelly Wilz, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County, writes in a column which appeared on the Academe Blog maintained by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Apparently, not many of her colleagues, even the tenured ones. “The emails keep rolling in,” Wilz writes. “More colleagues leaving–not for better pay, not because they didn’t love their jobs, but...
  • UW Professor under fire for tweeting at incoming freshmen

    07/16/2015 1:58:31 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal ^ | 7-16-15 | Karen Herzog
    An outspoken University of Wisconsin-Madison professor is under fire for finding future Badgers on Twitter and allegedly harassing them — as well as for comparing Scott Walker to Adolf Hitler. Sara Goldrick-Rab is a professor of educational policy studies and sociology with a national profile in both her field of research and the ongoing debate over faculty tenure in Wisconsin public universities. ~snip~ Goldrick-Rab acknowledges that she searched Twitter for individuals who identified themselves as future Badgers. The prolific Twitter-user says she wanted to inform them of changes to faculty tenure and shared governance that were about to become part...
  • Scott Walker erodes Wisconsin college professor tenure

    07/13/2015 11:34:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/13/2015 | By KIMBERLY HEFLING
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s trailblazing effort to weaken tenure protections at public colleges and universities is now a reality with his signing of a $73 billion budget on Sunday. The effort has outraged unions and higher education groups, leaving them fearful that other lawmakers will follow suit to unravel labor protections in higher education that have long been considered sacred ground. Walker downplayed the changes at Sunday’s signing at a valve manufacturing facility in Waukesha, Wisconsin, emphasizing instead that tuition was being frozen in the University of Wisconsin system for two more years at the rate it was two years...
  • Walker Wins: New Budget Will Repeal University Tenure

    07/11/2015 4:11:24 PM PDT · by PROCON · 85 replies ^ | July 11, 2015 | Blake Neff
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is poised to win a huge victory on education as the state legislature passed a budget that repeals state tenure guarantees while also slashing the budget of the University of Wisconsin. The victory was enunciated by the acquiescence of the university, which recognized its defeat by passing a spending plan that implements Walker’s cuts. All that remains is for Walker to consummate his victory by affixing his signature to the budget. The two-year, $73 billion budget approved Thursday makes a host of changes Walker has sought in the realm of education. Wisconsin’s school voucher program is...
  • Faculty Who Won’t Leave

    06/30/2015 6:26:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 20 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 29, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Tenured faculty may make up an increasingly smaller proportion of the professoriate than in days gone by but they are hanging onto their jobs with both fists. “Tenured faculty age 50 or older can be divided into three groups—35 % expect to retire by normal retirement age; 16 % would prefer to retire by normal retirement age, but expect to work longer (i. e., they are ‘reluctantly reluctant’ to retire); and 49 % would like to and expect to work past normal retirement age (i.e., they are ‘reluctant by choice’),” economist Paul Yakoboski found. Yakoboski is a senior economist at...
  • Scott Walker moving to weaken tenure for state college professors

    06/18/2015 1:29:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 99 replies
    Hot ^ | June 18, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    Scott Walker has formed a Testing the Waters Committee, which I assume has something to do with Marco Rubio’s response to the State of the Union in 2013. (Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.) The new committee will provide him with an additional conduit to raise funds between now and when he announces his presidential bid in July. But at the same time, he’s making some other moves, particularly in the area of tenure for professors at public colleges and universities. As Republican Gov. Scott Walker prepares to campaign for president as the...
  • Scott Walker’s latest target: College professors

    06/18/2015 4:50:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Politico ^ | June 18, 2015 | Kimberly Hefling with Allie Grasgreen
    Labor leaders and the higher education community are closely watching to see if other politicians follow Walker’s lead.“I don’t think it’s an immediate threat elsewhere, but it’s still a big concern,” said Mark F. Smith, senior policy analyst at the National Education Association, which has slightly less than 200,000 higher education members.David Bergeron, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, said he expects more such fights in upcoming years.“I think that this is just part of the evolution of attacks on … public benefits and on public sector employees of all sorts,” Bergeron said.------------ As Republican Gov. Scott...
  • Weaker tenure at the University of Wisconsin weakens academic freedom

    06/13/2015 5:23:22 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 15 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 13 june 2015
    Fear not, intrepid professor: Tenure isn't dead in Wisconsin. Those changes to shared governance? Minor stuff. And that new policy written into the state budget to make it easier to fire tenured professors like you? Just a little additional "flexibility" for your boss. Don't worry: Teach an extra class or something. The faculty in the University of Wisconsin System isn't buying this hokum, and you shouldn't, either. At the behest of a governor fast on his way to the presidential sweepstakes, the Legislature's budget-writing committee has voted to remove tenure for university professors from state statute, weaken the faculty's voice...
  • Scott Walker and Academic Tenure

    06/11/2015 11:31:40 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | June 12, 2015 | Bruce Walker
    Scott Walker is advocating a reform in Wisconsin that could have more profound an impact on America than anything we have seen in a long time. Establishment leftism depends upon institutions that support and promote its philosophy and agenda using our money. The most obnoxious offender is Big Education, especially tenured professors who mock our values even as they rob our pockets. Tenured professors are impossible to remove, they need do almost no work, and these goons spout Marxist nonsense and abuse conservative students with impunity. Even worse, overpaid professors and bloated state universities not only squeeze the taxpayers in...
  • Walker takes on higher education in Wisconsin

    06/11/2015 1:09:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Yahoo ^ | June 11, 2015 | SCOTT BAUER
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Four years after taking union rights away from teachers and other public workers in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker now wants to strip job protections for University of Wisconsin professors in a move he likens to the 2011 law that made him a national figure and set up his expected presidential run. Eliminating tenure in state law, as Walker proposed in January and a Republican-controlled legislative committee approved earlier this month, is part of a larger overhaul of higher education policy that he is talking about to Republican voters around the country. Walker and Republican backers defend...
  • What is driving Scott Walker's war on Wisconsin universities

    06/10/2015 1:25:23 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Purple Wisconsin ^ | June 10, 2015 | By Saul Newton, UW student
    Scott Walker’s war on Wisconsin’s public colleges will result in lower quality and higher debt for students and families, which is precisely what his right wing political patrons at the Bradley Foundation have been planning for decades. Wisconsin students have experienced first hand Scott Walker’s assault on public higher education over the last four years. Double-digit tuition increases and historic, unprecedented budget cuts have resulted in declining enrollment, rising costs, and exploding student loan debt for millions of Wisconsin families. The groundwork for Walker’s crusade against public higher education in Wisconsin was first being laid as Walker began his political...
  • Scott Walker Strikes Again and Again

    06/10/2015 7:32:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 10, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    “Bad news always seems to drop on Fridays,” Dave Vanness, an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, wrote on a blog which appeared on the blogroll that the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) maintains. “Friday May 29, 2015 was a particularly bad news day for Wisconsin and for all of us who believe in academic freedom,” he avers. “On that day, Joint Finance Committee of the State of Wisconsin passed Omnibus Motion #521 on a 12-4 party-line vote, including a $250 million biennium budget cut to UW System, major changes to shared governance (a huge topic...
  • A necessary debate long overdue - Walker asks why profs at State U. get a guaranteed lifetime job

    06/10/2015 1:06:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 10, 2015
    Scott Walker, in hot pursuit of the Republican nomination for president, knows no fear of sacred cows. He is attempting to reform the concept of permanent faculty appointments at Wisconsin’s publicly financed universities. The governor wants to repeat his earlier surprising victory in which a conservative chief executive in a very blue state took on the increasingly powerful and increasingly political teachers’ unions, and trimmed their empty sails. Mr. Walker’s successful campaign to put a rein on the teachers’ unions — to eliminate the obvious corruption of unions contributing to politicians’ campaigns and getting in return raises in salaries —...
  • Killing tenure is academia’s point of no return

    06/05/2015 4:54:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    AlJazeera ^ | June 5, 2015 | Mark LeVine, professor of history (Middle Eastern Studies) at the UCIrvine an
    It is extremely difficult to underestimate the impact of this move on higher education in the United States. A comparable event would be Ronald Reagan’s breaking of the aircraft controllers’ strike in 1981 by firing 12,000 workers, which completely changed the balance of power between labor on the one hand and government and corporations on the other. The breaking of the strike coincided with the rise of conservative policies as the guiding force of American governance; in the decades since, unions have become increasingly weak, as epitomized by Walker’s demolishing of collective bargaining rights for public employee unions in 2011.Under...
  • Unions Subdued, Scott Walker Turns to Tenure at Wisconsin Colleges

    06/04/2015 10:43:55 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 4, 2015 | MONICA DAVEY and TAMAR LEWIN with Dirk Johnson
    [SNIP].....Wisconsin is rare for including tenure provisions for professors in its statutes rather than in policies set by regents or similar boards. “We are directing the Board of Regents to develop a policy,just as there is in so many states,” Ms. Harsdorf said. “It’s just a matter of recognizing the ability for chancellors and campuses to administer and manage their operations.”Along with tenure,“shared governance” has been a central feature of academic life in universities generally, giving faculty members the primary responsibility for decisions about matters like curriculum, choice of subject matter,instructional methods,faculty status and research. Under the proposed changes in...
  • Tenure roils UW Board of Regents [Walker budget]

    06/04/2015 1:16:39 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | June 4, 2015 | Karen Herzog
    "...During a confusing and often tense meeting Thursday at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,a committee of the UW System Board of Regents recommended the full board support moving tenure policy from state law into board policy. A GOP plan by the Legislature's budget-writing Joint Finance Committee took tenure out of the law, as proposed by Gov. Scott Walker.The full Legislature still must take action on the GOP plan as part of the budget, but the plan is expected to be adopted.Regent Tony Evers,state superintendent of public instruction, failed to get enough votes during the regents committee meeting to formally ask lawmakers...
  • Scott Walker And ALEC Allow High School Dropouts To Teach High School [chicken little clucking]

    06/03/2015 12:34:57 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Politicus USA ^ | June 3, 2015 | Rmuse more from Rmuse
    [Lots and lots of italicized words and phrases used in this "the sky is falling" diatribe, can be found at the source] This column has wasted enough space on the “breathtaking stupidity” of an inordinate majority of the American people. However, although one would hope, and actually expects that politicians would possibly be slightly above the “breathtaking” point of stupidity; it is certainly not the case in Wisconsin. It is true that Republicans typically contrive some seriously stupid agendas and policies, including banning other politicians and state employees from even uttering the words “climate change,” but Wisconsin Republicans have exceeded...
  • National focus on UW sharpening over tenure, governance [Scott Walker's state budget]

    06/03/2015 11:39:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | June 3, 2015 | Karen Herzog covers higher education and public health
    Already dismayed by prospective cuts to the University of Wisconsin System, higher education observers now suggest the state could become an academic pariah if the Legislature scales back two treasured tenets of academia—tenure and shared governance.The impact would be crushing and far-reaching if language in a GOP plan wins support of the full Legislature and becomes law, said Rudy Fichtenbaum,president of the American Association of University Professors.That effectively will be the end of tenure in Wisconsin," Fichtenbaum said. "I'm not aware of any state that has gone this far...I can't imagine anybody taking a job there unless they can't get...
  • Trying to Kill Tenure [Gov. Scott Walker's state budget]

    06/01/2015 1:31:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    Inside Higher Education ^ | June 1, 2015 | Colleen Flaherty
    It’s been a tumultuous year for faculty members within the University of Wisconsin System, from threats to the Wisconsin Idea to a proposed $300 million budget cut to Governor Scott Walker’s suggestion that professors do more work to compensate for the slash. But many professors and other observers said the roller coaster hit a new low Friday afternoon when the state Legislature's powerful Joint Finance Committee approved, by a vote of 12-4, the elimination of tenure from state statute, along with adding new limits to the faculty role in shared governance and procedures for eliminating faculty members in good standing...
  • College Students Are Not Customers

    05/24/2015 3:17:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 119 replies
    Slate ^ | May 23, 2015 | By Rebecca Schuman
    In what is apparently a vogue of Republican state legislators exercising misplaced vendettas against college professors, Iowa Sen. Mark Chelgren recently made headlines when he introduced Senate File 64, “an Act relating to the teaching effectiveness and employment of professors” at Iowa public institutions. Each year, the bill stipulates, any faculty who fails “to attain a minimum threshold of performance” based solely on student evaluations would be automatically fired regardless of rank or tenure. Lest you think that firing professors based on a questionable assessment metric affords them too much dignity, rest assured there is more. Some beleaguered governing body...
  • Professor: Marquette cop killer mural product of exclusive ‘inclusion’ campus crowd

    05/19/2015 3:15:50 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 5-18-15 | M.D. Kittle
    At Marquette University, if you write a blog criticizing a student teacher for stifling the speech of a student who doesn’t believe in same-sex marriage, you can lose your job. Commission a mural of a convicted cop killer, well, that’s just diversity of ideas. Yes, Marquette administrators had the mural of black militant Assata Shakur removed Sunday evening, but not until, ironically, long-time Marquette political science professor John McAdams broke the story on his “Marquette Warrior” blog. That’s the same John McAdams who has been suspended from teaching since November, when the political conservative and frequent critic of Marquette administration...
  • Holder: Historians Will View My Tenure As ‘Golden Age’ Of Justice Dept [Video]

    04/24/2015 5:49:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 70 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/24/15 | Al Weaver
    During his farewell address to the Justice Department Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder referred to his tenure at the Department of Justice as its “golden age” and in the same mold as Robert Kennedy’s storied tenure.. Loretta Lynch will take over the department following the Senate’s 56-43 confirmation vote Thursday. HOLDER: I said earlier that when we celebrated Robert Kennedy’s 50th anniversary of his swearing in 2011, people said that was the golden age for the United States Department of Justice. Well, I think 50 years from now, maybe even sooner than that, people will look at the work you...
  • Challenge to Teacher Tenure Survives

    03/13/2015 11:21:56 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 27 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | 03.16.15 | Joel Stashenko
    A lawsuit by parents who claim that tenure statutes undermine constitutional guarantees of an adequate public education has survived a motion to dismiss. Staten Island Supreme Court Justice Philip Minardo determined that Davids v. State of New York, 101105/14, meets "minimal" standards for going forward at an early stage of the litigation and that the plantiffs—11 parents and two children—have standing. The judge said plaintiffs have shown that they may be entitled to relief "under any reasonable view of the facts stated." He also said that children named among the plaintiffs are "clearly" within the zone of a protected interest...
  • 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...