On Tuesday, California Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu issued some surprising decisions on some third-rail topics in education. He struck down teacher tenure protection, seniority-based job protection and existing disciplinary policy on the grounds that they were unconstitutional and harmed students.
The case is headed for an appeals court before any changes go into effect, but the landmark case raises the question: if these three elements are unconstitutional, then how should the education system look?
The plaintiffs took issue with teacher tenure after two years, but should there be any teacher tenure at all? If not, how to do you entice talented teachers to take on difficult, lower-paying jobs and stick with them?
Both sides agree students need stability to succeed, but what does that look like? Guest host Patt Morrison talks with several leaders in the field of education about their opinion of the ruling and their vision for the classroom.
John Deasy, superintendent, LAUSD
Alex Caputo-Pearl, President, United Teachers Los Angeles
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers
Diane Ravitch, Research Professor of Education at New York University; former Assistant Secretary of Education (1991-1993)
Eric Lerum, VP of National Policy, StudentsFirst, an educational reform group founded by former D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee