A California court ruling striking down teacher tenure laws as unconstitutional prompted an outpouring of applause from education reform advocates–and a chorus of boos from supporters of public school instructors.
“It is fantastic news,” said TV anchor-turned-public education critic Campbell Brown. “The parents in California clearly felt the same frustration that many parents are feeling across the country at inaction at the legislative level and inaction by the politicians, and they took.”
Ms. Brown, who sits on the board of the controversial Success Academy Charter School chain, said that no such suit was in the works in New York, but said Treu’s decision would rally pro-charter and anti-tenure movements nationwide.
“What this has done is inspire a lot of education reform groups in states with similar laws,” said Ms. Brown, noting that the school system has similar difficulties removing teachers in New York.
It's only a matter of time until the Wall Street-backed Students First or some other corporate-funded education reform group takes on tenure laws here in NY State or NYC.
Yes, all eyes will watch to see what happens to the appeals in this case.
But you can bet the hedge fundies and the corporate deformers are licking their lips and getting ready to take down tenure here.