In my 20-plus years of teaching one thing I have learned is teachers need the protection of tenure to effectively advocate for their students. I joined the most recent Educators 4 Excellence-Los Angeles (E4E-Los Angeles) policy team out of a strong desire to preserve tenure, along with collective bargaining rights and our unions. Here are some of the big takeaways of our recommendations for creating tenure for teachers in California.
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March 03, 2015
February 23, 2015
Permanent status, that's what I have earned as a second grade teacher in the state of California. I didn't even notice that my pay-stub had changed from the words "Probationary" to "Permanent." I didn't get a letter of congratulations from the superintendent, nor from my principal. It was just another ordinary day. The term tenure in California is used strictly with higher education faculty members.
February 19, 2015
The data produced by the system is faulty, leading to arbitrary outcomes for teachers, alleges the lawsuit filed by the Albuquerque Federation of Teachers and others.
February 17, 2015
The NEA and AFT have launched separate grass-roots lobbying efforts in hopes of continuing to push their priorities for the federal K-12 overhaul.
February 02, 2015
The two national teachers' unions both made the top 25 givers to state elections in 2014.
January 30, 2015
The AFT really, really doesn't like the feds' proposals on teacher preparation, and it wants everyone to know about it.
January 27, 2015
The union says that removing the requirements for paraprofessionals in Title I schools could harm quality.
January 27, 2015
The AFT has joined a group supporting the so-called 21st century skills, whose efforts it once opposed.
January 18, 2015
Over at my other blog, this week brought reactions to Arne Duncan's big-ish speech on ESEA, as well as some other folks with thoughts about what the rewrite of ESEA should look like-- including a complete AFT about-face.
January 14, 2015
The American Federation of Teachers and the Center on American Progress say annual tests should be retained for reporting purposes, but scaled back for school-accountability purposes.