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Letter of the Day: Scapegoating teachers

<b>Scapegoating teachers</b>

EDITOR: California teachers don't receive lifetime tenure but permanent status after two years. If a teacher receives two unsatisfactory evaluations, a school district can move to dismiss that teacher. A probationary teacher can be dismissed without cause during their first two years of employment. These points are rarely mentioned in coverage of the Vergara case. Another point that wasn't mentioned was that one of the identified "bad teachers" was the 2013-14 Pasadena Unified teacher of the year.

Yes, bad teachers should be removed from the classroom, and this will occur if principals are properly trained to evaluate teachers and accurately document remedial assistance that was offered to the struggling teacher. To eliminate basic due process protections, and to lay off experienced teachers who are meeting identified instructional standards that are expected of classroom teachers, opens the door to an abuse of power by less than honorable administrators.

It's an unfortunate fact that children who are raised in financially stable homes whose parents have had a good education perform better than those children who grow up in poverty despite the best efforts of their parents. Teachers aren't the root cause for poor student performance, and it's time to stop scapegoating teachers for society's failure to support our children.

RICHARD NEFFSON

Rohnert Park


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