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Dick Phillips: Teacher-tenure law controversy

California State Supreme Court has decided that California’s teacher’s-tenure law is constitutional.

That means that if a California teacher iss not fired within 18 months after being hired he/she is guaranteed a job for life.

Over the past 10 years, only 91 California teachers have been fired.

So don’t be surprised that California’s public schools rank lowly 38 out of 50 states and Washington D.C. And who ranks lower than California? States like Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and West Virginia.

This poor quality of education in public schools has driven parents to pay the high price of sending their kids to private schools (10 percent of all students) or home schooling (almost 2 percent of all students).

Something has to be done about this tenure problem. It makes even good teachers care less once their 18 months are up. There’s no incentive.

Dick Phillips

Grass Valley


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