Wouldn't it be nice if this could be the headlines all over the California news? Instead it's all over the New Jersey news, as Governor Christie signed legislation implementing annual teacher reviews and extending the length of time to teacher tenure to four years. (Web Link)
It is worth noting that the sponsor of the legislation is (D) State Sen. Teresa Ruiz who said "But we can’t sit back and do nothing." And note the Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D) said "We can’t have the bad ones in the schools anymore, one bad teacher is one bad teacher too many."
More details are in the Wall Street Journal here (Web Link).
Before anyone thinks about supporting either of the two multi-billion dollar tax hike initiatives this November that purport to support CA schools, ask yourself what really is going to improve the schools......more money for a failing system.....or reform that will increase the quality of the teachers?
Maybe if Governor Brown, the Democrat dominated CA Legislature, and the teachers unions would focus on improving education first, they would garner fiscal support from the citizens. As it stands now, doing what is right for our students seems farthest from their minds.