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LA Schools Want to Make Firing Teachers Easier

By Jackie Burrell
Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 11:29 am in Schools.

School search ILLUS Talk about playing with fire. Faced with the prospect of laying off thousands of teachers, including 3,500 newbies, Los Angeles school officials are talking about making it easier to fire lousy educators. The board will vote tomorrow on its proposal to drop seniority rules that put the youngest, newest teachers on the chopping block every year while sparing those with more seniority. The board also wants to institute a new way of evaluating teachers that would result in an automatic dismissal after two, consecutive bad reviews. How hard is it to get rid of an ineffective teacher now? Well, in the last five years, just 31 teachers have been fired in the entire state. We can guess what the reaction of the state teachers unions will be. Heck,we can practically hear those powerhouse unions donning their armor and sharpening their blades right now. But what do you think? Click comments and tell us…

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No Responses to “LA Schools Want to Make Firing Teachers Easier”

  1. rkt88edmo Says:

    Two bad consecutive reviews sounds like a pretty short leash – but maybe that is just the beginning bargaining point.

    There is no question, proven poor teachers should be removed.

  2. anonymous Says:

    Duh – just like other jobs – if you don’t perform and you get lousy reviews you are on notice and then you are let go. Teachers shouldn’t be able to rely on tenure. Teachers shouldn’t get special treatment. People have to work hard and be effective to keep their jobs.

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