Despite what The Bee’s recent editorial “Landmark ruling could loosen union chokehold on schools” (June 12) might suggest, veteran teachers are not to blame for our educational ills. Neither is so-called tenure. And neither are teachers unions. These three were neatly bundled in a way that suggested doing away with all three would cure cancer, hunger and the common cold.
This so-called fix will only exacerbate problems. It also upends fairness. What profession would one embrace if it offered no job security? It’s a no-brainer that professions should treat those who have the most experience with respect and due process. Professionals shouldn’t have to worry about losing their jobs after dedicating their lives to their work. In addition, the plaintiffs in the Vergara case failed to produce a single student who had been harmed by any of the teachers under the court’s microscope.
After years of budget cuts, layoffs, class-size increases and the decimation of school libraries, educators are tired of attacks that blame teachers first. If there’s any hope of attracting qualified “teachers of tomorrow,” this poor decision best be reversed on appeal.
By the way, tenure is seldom applied to elementary or high school teachers but is applicable only to those in higher education. Teachers are guaranteed due process,not tenure.
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Marc Medefind, Merced