Former Superintendent Gary Bloom, Santa Cruz City Schools
“Throughout 39 years of service in California’s public education system, I have witnessed first-hand the profound impact that our teachers have upon our students, their schools and their communities. Unfortunately, elements of the Education Code and case law have undermined the teaching profession and harmed our students. The decision in Vergara v. California is a critical step forward for all of California’s children. We now have a unique opportunity to reform the teaching profession to one that is more likely to put our students’ interests at the forefront.
“As a retired superintendent, I understand how the laws challenged by Vergara have a tangible and significant negative impact. This is a moment we cannot afford to waste. We must come together and seize this chance to develop commonsense solutions that show our teachers they are valued and to ensure that out students receive the quality education they deserve.”