Recruitment & Retention

L.A. Board Takes on Tenure

By Stephen Sawchuk — April 23, 2009 1 min read

The Los Angeles Daily News has this story up about the school board’s efforts to take a look at tenure, evaluation, and seniority-based bumping.

Although these endeavors aren’t expected to go anywhere, merely the fact that they have come this far seems to indicate a restlessness with how the current system works. The story says that parents have voiced concerns about the tendency of seniority-based layoffs to target young and probationary teachers.

But at least one parent agreed that teachers had a legitimate concern about the changes.

“Many parents feel the seniority should be revised but teachers need protection against discrimination and favoritism,” the story quotes parent Diana Kunce, whose students attend Westwood Charter School. “We’re interested in true collaboration and true reform. This is a complex issue.”

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.