Sunday, November 06, 2005

Wake Me Up on Judgment Day

On Tuesday, California voters will head to the polls to cast their ballots on eight hot button propositions. They include measures for redistricting, parental notification laws, and pension reforms.

California Conservative, among others, has been blogging heavily on the issue. Writes he on Prop. 74, "[It would] require...teachers to perform well for five years instead of just two before they become eligible for permanent 'guaranteed' employment." Is there any objective means for calibrating teacher performance? Why does it seem that educators, but not other public employees, are the ones put under the microscope? Here is the full text of 74. "Dishonesty" and "immoral or unprofessional conduct" were among the potential reasons given for denial of tenure. But wouldn't those be cause for dismissal, anyway? They go on to mention "conviction of a felony or any crime involving moral turpitude." Sends shivers down the spin, doesn't it? "The governoring board of a school district may suspend without pay...a permanent certified employee." Prop. 74 seems to, effectively, spell out a conduct code for those five years or more employees. Until then, get your moral turpitude on.

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