L.A. Times investigative report
Original post made by Shocked, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on May 22, 2009
I'm not interested in bashing teachers. In every organization, there are always going to be employees who should be let go and in the PUSD, we are lucky to have many good teachers.
But like many other people, I question why the teachers' unions are the ones who are controlling which employees stay and which go rather than the school administrators or school boards.
My own experience with PUSD and teachers has been pretty positive. Only once did I think a teacher was so bad that I needed to talk with an administrator. The administrator listened to my concerns and immediately switched my child to another class.
I was so thankful to have my child moved to another class that I didn't take the time to file a formal complaint, but parents I knew who had been at PUSD much longer told me that had been done many times already, but because the teacher had tenure, there was nothing the school could do but to offer parents the option of moving their children to another class.
I felt sorry for the kids stuck with the bad teacher, and sorry for the good teacher whose reward for doing a good job was more work.
With all the budget issues and layoff discussions, I think now might be a good time to address the issue of who controls education - the teachers' union, or the people parents elect to represent their interests and the best interests of their children.
Please, no teacher bashing comments! Just interested in hearing from parents, students and teachers whether they think there should be changes made in how teachers are retained and paid.