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February 23, 2015

Vergara Part 2: Tenure Is a Misnomer

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

Vergara Part 1: March 15, 2008

For me this lawsuit, Reed v. State of California, which was won but then turned-over on appeal, lingers large in the backdrop of Vergara; it's the white elephant in the room every time I talk about teacher evaluations or effective teachers.

January 26, 2015

Highly Effective Teachers Don't Exist in My Evaluation Process

I would like to discuss one issue with the ruling that I think we, as a nation, will start to discuss more and more and that is the rating of teachers as "Effective" or "Highly Effective."

January 19, 2015

Teacher Voices on NCLB

Teachers weigh in on the debate over NCLB. Read to find out what some California teachers are thinking regarding Common Core State Standards, annual testing, and what the new law should focus on in the years to come.

November 23, 2014

Stepping Up to Serve on My Union's House of Representatives

Why I made the decision to run for a seat in my union. I am not Pollyanna. I don't think that joining my union's 350-member house of representatives will cure the ills of education in this country, let alone in my state. But what's the old saying, "If you're not part of the solution then you're a part of the problem."

November 10, 2014

Why I Joined Educators 4 Excellence

As a veteran teacher, I feel it's more important than ever for classroom teachers to speak up about their profession and to drive education policy instead of reacting to what the policymakers do.

November 03, 2014

Moving Forward After The Resignation of Dr. John Deasy

Some things to keep in mind in the Los Angeles Unified School District in moving forward after the resignation of Dr. John Deasy. Thoughts on what policies to keep, what the interim superintendent can do, what the United Teachers of Los Angeles can do, and what the school board can do.

October 26, 2014

A Veteran Teacher's Blog on Putting Policy Into Practice

This entry is an introduction to Phylis Hoffman, a veteran teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Phylis will share her insights on putting policy into practice in the real world, with real kids, through real experiences.

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