My wife is a retired CF teacher. Lost of stories - never sure which is correct. Apparently, this is specific to the High School which has been non-performing for about 7 years. The supt. has a couple of options that she was considering. This one would fire/layoff all teachers at the high school with a rehire of about 50%. They would all have to go thru an interview process. Lots of questions/rumors about the elimination of seniority, tenure, no bumping, etc. Supposedly, a key element is for the teachers to work extra hours. Supt has offered to pay $30/hour and they have requested $90.
I hear there is a rally being organized for next week. They are trying to get all districts to be involved and include retired teachers.
As I said, there are lots of stories - but - hard to tell what is real, fiction, posturing, etc from both sides.
[quote="Wendy" Heaven preserve us from these "reformers" egged on by people who do not understand teaching at all. I may have voted for Obama, but I will tell you this: I've never been a fan of Arne Duncan.[/quote]
IMO, you are correct in being suspicious of Arne Duncan. I am not an educator, but I think this country is going in the wrong direction on school reform. The federal "Race to the Top" program may make a bad situation worse.
Recently, California passed legislation that has the potential to divide communities by putting far too much power in the hands of parents. If under-performing schools do not show improvement, the law would allow parents to petition for change. This "parent trigger" could include firing teachers and administrators, closing schools, employing management firms, becoming a charter school etc.
I didn't vote for Obama. But I did have hope the majority who did elect him were correct and I was wrong.