Letters to the Editor

February 8, 2014

Frank Burke: Schools have two years to dismiss bad teachers

The Bee article “Students file suit to retire tenure for public schools” (Jan. 27, Page A3) describes a case to be heard by Judge Rolf Treu of the Los Angeles Superior Court. The groups’ attorney, Theodore Boutrous, is suing to change tenure protections, dismissal procedures and the last-hired-first-fired plan.

The Bee article “Students file suit to retire tenure for public schools” (Jan. 27, Page A3) describes a case to be heard by Judge Rolf Treu of the Los Angeles Superior Court. The groups’ attorney, Theodore Boutrous, is suing to change tenure protections, dismissal procedures and the last-hired-first-fired plan.

School boards and teacher groups oppose the case. Unless the law has been changed, a district has two years to evaluate a teacher before tenure kicks in. Boutrous overlooks good classroom management – which includes purpose, adequate supplies, good classroom organization and evaluation of classroom success.

In a case in which Los Angeles replaced a tenured teacher with a non-tenured teacher, the court upheld the decision. Boutrous missed this.

In my opinion, today’s teachers do a highly commendable job and deserve praise rather than condemnation.

FRANK BURKE

Modesto

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