Letters to the Editor

June 15, 2014

Jacqueline Lujan: Appeal is justified

Regarding “Ruling targets teacher laws” (Page A1, June 11): I firmly believe that the new laws regarding the seniority-based layoffs and tenure right should be appealed. The California Teachers Association (CTA), the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) and the state of California were wise to appeal this law immediately.

I agree that new teachers should not be laid off based on their first two or three years of working. Instead, they should be given a longer period of time to allow for teaching improvements. Schools must be able to provide high quality, effective teachers in order for students to be successful, but new teachers cannot remain working at a school due to the new regulations in the new law. The new regulations might be the cause of their layoff.

The goal of these new laws should focus on providing students with the best education possible.

Our educators are key to helping students thrive; laws should be created to assist our educators, not harm them with unnecessary reforms and regulations. The court needs to realize that this new law must be appealed to ensure that the best education is being provided by our teachers for the students.

Jacqueline Lujan, Ceres High School student, Ceres

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