The Future of Edumucation
Original post made by Thomas Paineful, Pheasant Ridge, on Apr 30, 2010
Well, what would a state that "accomplished" all that look like? Turns out our neighbor to the east, the beautiful state of Arizona, has "accomplished" all that and more:
<i>Slashed state funding was bad enough. What followed, last fall, was worse. In a clearly punitive measure, to target teachers who had been involved in publicizing the budget cuts and how they would harm Arizona families, the legislators upended policy toward teachers, removing all seniority protections. (This state already did not have tenure. I don't know if we ever did; I moved here in 1994 from Michigan, and the difference in protections for workers has been eye-goggling.) The policy changes were submitted within budget legislation, where they clearly did not belong, and were passed by Republicans who were shortsighted, on a vendetta, or both. Our wonderful Republican governor, Jan Brewer (thank you very much, Barack Obama, for stealing Janet Napolitano from us!) signed this vile mess into law. When it was challenged by the Arizona Educators Association for having been passed in a special session, these same legislators voted again, just a couple weeks ago, and HB 2227 easily passed on straight party lines, again. </i>
And of course this is the nail in the coffin:
<i>Losing seniority protections means that administrators can now comb through the ranks of "expensive" teachers--the ones with the most education, or, worse, the ones with the highest medical bills--and those folks are GONE.</i>
Be careful what you wish for, Californians. You may just get it.