Reversing Vergara v. California is a sign that the justice system acknowledges California’s tenure laws rob students of the education they deserve, but doesn't feel obligated to fix the problem.
Unions are on the right side of this blockbuster Supreme Court case. Win or lose, though, they'll still have a path to becoming a force for positive change in education for years to come—if they have the courage to take it.
Two school districts have already proven it is possible to balance giving kids the education they deserve and teachers the job security they need.
Like Vergara v. California, Wright v. New York confronts a hard truth: laws put in place to protect teachers’ rights can sometimes hurt students. Do New York’s statutes making it nearly impossible to replace under-performing teachers hinder the state in delivering on its promise of a "sound education" for all?
The financial woes of teacher pensions make headlines these days, but more troubling is that they may not be providing attractive retirement benefits for today’s teachers. In 16 states, charter schools can opt out of state retirement plans. We looked at seven to find out what they did instead.
AFT president Randi Weingarten emphasizes “collaboration” between teachers’ unions and superintendents, while her organization bankrolls attack ads against a candidate in a close race for California state superintendent. It’s not the first time the AFT has failed to play by the rules they hold others to.
Earlier this month, we shared our recommendations for fixing teacher tenure without ending it. We asked readers for feedback on this difficult topic, and we heard from many of you. Here are some excerpts from our inbox that capture the big themes that emerged.
A recent personal attack on Randi Weingarten is a shameful example of a tactic that has become all too common in our debate about improving schools. If we are serious about the work at hand, it's time to reject these tactics and focus on what's best for students and teachers.
Parents in New York are suing to overturn teacher tenure laws, and other states may soon face similar lawsuits. Here's why a middle ground between keeping tenure as-is and getting rid of it altogether would benefit teachers, students and the teaching profession.
There's been a lot of talk lately about teacher tenure—and some states may soon face court orders to change their tenure laws. Today, we're releasing a short paper with eight recommendations for common-sense changes to current laws and regulations that we think will fix tenure without ending it.
The verdict’s in for Vergara vs. California, and the decision makes clear that the priority is finding the right balance between job protections for teachers and students' access to great teachers. It will take some time to see real policy changes from the decision, but here are four common-sense changes we hope state leaders will make to serve both teachers and students.
The new contract agreement reached yesterday has some promising elements, including a career ladders program and pay bumps for teachers in high-need schools, but only time will tell if the provisions will ultimately make a positive difference for students.
New York City has a $144 million problem on its hands: the Absent Teacher Reserve. Everyone agrees we should stop paying teachers not to teach, but Mayor de Blasio must not return to the bad old days of forced placements for teachers with poor track records.
Decades-old policies that shield ineffective teachers from dismissal are under fire in a California courtroom, thanks to a class-action suit led by nine students asserting their right to an equal education. We have all lost when low-income students must sue the adults in charge.