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Doe v. Antioch Teacher Evaluation Lawsuit in Court

Today, a group of California teachers, parents and concerned taxpayers seeking to ensure that public school educators are meaningfully evaluated, as required by state law, will have their day in court. Their lawsuit, Doe v. Antioch, asks the California Superior Court of Contra Costa County to compel thirteen school districts […continue]

Teacher Evaluation Case Heads to Court Friday

The Students Matter-sponsored teacher evaluation lawsuit Doe v. Antioch is headed to court on Friday. LA School Report’s Sarah Favot provides a preview of Friday’s arguments, in which attorneys for the Petitioners — a group of California teachers, parents and taxpayers — are seeking to force 13 California school districts to comply with the […continue]

Derek Mitchell: California Needs More Master Teachers

In an EdSource op-ed published yesterday, Partners in School Innovation CEO Derek Mitchell makes the case for an increased focus on recruiting master teachers, as policymakers and education advocates work to combat California’s teacher shortage. “[W]e should be wary about just expanding the pipeline of teachers,” Mitchell writes. “What we also need […continue]

“Rubber Room” Grows in Los Angeles Schools

Yesterday, in an article for California Watchdog, senior education reporter Heather Kays explored Los Angeles Unified School District’s growing “rubber room,” the informal term that describes where educators accused of misconduct or ineffectiveness are placed. According to LA School Report, 181 LAUSD staff members, including teachers, are currently assigned to the “rubber […continue]

Teacher Quality Drives Great Schools

This week, The 74’s Matt Barnum looks at the national push to improve teacher quality — specifically , the Obama administration’s call for states to “evaluate individual teachers and tie those evaluations to pay, tenure, promotion and dismissal decisions.” As President Obama has previously explained, “[The] single most important factor in the classroom is […continue]

Lindsay Sturman: How to Fix Teacher Laws? Ask Parents.

In an LA School Report op-ed this week, Los Angeles education leader Lindsay Sturman looks at the state’s harmful teacher employment laws challenged in the historic Vergara v. California case. In the piece, Sturman expresses her disappointment in the California Legislature’s inability to address the broken laws, citing the failure of Assemblymember Susan Bonilla’s AB […continue]

Shirley Weber’s California School Accountability Bill Makes Needed Progress

The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board recently went on the record to address efforts in the California Legislature to make changes to the state’s public education system, challenging Sacramento to make “badly needed education reforms.” In the piece, the Editorial Board highlights the encouraging progress of Assemblymember Shirley Weber’s bill (AB 2548) to ensure […continue]

Sacramento Bee: Supreme Court Should Hear Vergara Appeal After AB 934

On Wednesday, the California Senate Education Committee rejected Assemblymember Susan Bonilla’s AB 934 in a 5-2 bipartisan vote, with two committee members not voting. The bill was originally introduced to address the state’s broken teacher employment laws at issue in the Vergara appeal, but would have failed to do so after amendments […continue]