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Rotten Tenured Teachers Can Now Be Fired in California

Written by Gary North on June 11, 2014

The Teachers’ union is outraged. A judge just handed down a ruling that tenure is opposed to students’ constitutional rights.

Today, California. Tomorrow, the world!

Why did it take 70 years?

Of course tenure is a boondoggle. It’s a job forever. The costs of firing hacks and incompetents is too high. The cost just got lower.

Remember the law of economics: “When the cost decreases, more is demanded.”

This is a dark day for incompetent teachers. It is a brighter day for students.

Of course, it would be best for all concerned if the parents pulled their kids out, and subscribed to the Ron Paul Curriculum. Here are 26 great reasons why. The kids would get a better education. They would be safer.

The exodus would reduce the state’s payments to local school districts. Taxes would go down.

Teachers would have to find new careers, maybe in the private sector. There would be an uptick in state productivity.

But until that great day, California’s students will have to settle for this: no more tenure.

We will see if the appeals court reverses this decision. Let’s hope not.

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24 thoughts on “Rotten Tenured Teachers Can Now Be Fired in California

  1. Robert What? says:

    “Teachers would have to find new careers, maybe in the private sector.”

    That will be a big problem as most people who have spent much time in the public school system are all but unemployable in the private sector.

  2. sawtooth46 says:

    Now apply the same ruling to every State run University and College. Tenured Professors and long obsolete degree programs are still soaking up tuition costs while the programs fail to pay for themselves.

  3. I think a teacher or any one in the school system should be fired if they do not do their job. It isn't fair to the students. Also do away with the union that. Refuse to get rid of the bad ones.

  4. peleus212 says:

    They would have to leave attitude, tenure, low expectations behind when going to private sector and be willing to work and compete….. No wait, never mind. "unemployable in the private sector." I forgot

  5. Excellent , it is way past time for a precedent !

  6. The same applies to employees at government contractors who are unionized. I have seen it first hand.

  7. Gloria Wedemeyer says:

    For once, California has gotten something right. No one should ever have a job where they cannot be let go if they aren't performing properly and I don't care what job it is.

  8. It's about time. The rest of the states need to follow suit asap. Imagine good teachers will stay and the lousy teachers will go. What a concept! Only government jobs keep the bad and get rid of the good. That is why everything government is bad.

  9. The constitution also has an equal protection clause. No citizens of any one state can have more rights or protections than the citizens of all the other states in the union. So if this ruling is good enough for the people of California, it is good enough for the other 49 states too!

  10. There will be a Court challenge to this ruling.

  11. RICHARD KNUDSON says:

    THE REASON FOR THE TENURE LAW WAS TO PREVENT SCHOOL SYSTEMS FROM FIRING A TEACHER AFTER TWO YEARS, SO THEY COULD HIRE ANOTHER NEW TEACHER AT A SMALLER SALARY. A TEACHER AFTER TEACHING FOR 10 YEARS RECEIVES A LARGER PAYCHECK THEN A BEGINNING TEACHER. THE TENURE LAW NEEDS TO BE REWRITTEN, SO POOR TEACHERS CAN BE DISMISSED, AND GOOD QUALIFIED TEACHERS CAN STILL REMAIN ON THE JOB WITHOUT FEAR OF BEING FIRED FOR SOME CAPRICIOUS REASON

  12. Unfortunately our schools have become almost rigidly a political arm for liberalism. Those not marching to their drum will be axed without the protection that tenure afforded them.

    Homeschooling is a great option.

  13. just get rid of unions Period. Everything will improve when unions are no more. they are a huge parasite on our society. There purpose was served long ago and time to move on without them. they aren't needed.

  14. navigator30 says:

    Don't hold your breath on this one. The ruling is "stayed" pending appeal by the Teachers Union. The California Supreme Court is the most liberal in the nation. No poor teachers will be dismissed. This ruling will almost certainly be overturned by higher courts. Too bad! At least one judge got it right.

  15. Rattlerjake says:

    Why be specific about employees at gov't. contractors? ALL government employees are basically tenured "teachers".

  16. I worked for two airlines: a union carrier, which was bought out by a nonunion carrier. I can attest to the fact that union employees with all the baggage you describe can shape up astoundingly fast when they find themselves in a more demanding situation. Beards, attitudes, etc. were all gone almost instantly. It was great (from my point of view).

  17. Gary is right–people should look into Ron Paul's homeschool curriculum. A very bright guy named Tom Woods has spent a great deal of time lately helping develop it. You should check it out.

  18. The endgame of all unions: More Pay, Less Work. After bankrupting or driving offshore every viable industry in America, the only sector left to organize was government workers. Which should be illegal, since there is no one to represent the public’s interest against more demands by bureaucrats.

  19. I have to agree that ridding the school systems of this country is a good idea. As an example of the difference between those places that have unions and those that do not I offer the following: I, until retirement, was an OR nurse at a major hospital in SE Florida where we were forever challenged to get our turnover time (the time it took to clean and sanitize an OR and set it up for the next case) down to 15 to 20 minutes. The average turnover time at the VA, which is a union situation, is from 1.5 to two hours and if a procedure is scheduled to go past 3:30pm it is not started because the nurses go home. THAT is the problem at the VA, the fact that it is a union setup, not with the leadership (although the leadership sucked also). Without the sword of Damocles of losing their wages hanging over their head nothing will change at the VA, the same thing that we see for teachers.
    Having made the above statement, I will also state that a huge number of parents of the children that attend school these days have divorced themselves from their child's education. They have put it entirely into the hands of the professionals with the blessing of the government who has told them that they are not educated enough (and in some cases that is true), that their children do not belong to them (we see family services taking children away from their families for any reason they can dream up) and the government educators are much more intelligent than they are when dealing with children. That nonsense has been taken to heart by so many people, especially those who refuse to commit to a job, that more than half of the children in the school where my daughter-in-law teaches take government subsidized meals (not only lunches but breakfast and, in some cases, after school snacks).
    Consequently, I believe that the problems that exist cannot be laid only on one door step but are a conglomeration involving unions, an oppressive government and parent who are either too lazy and uncaring to have children or have been buffaloed by the government into giving up control of their child's education. Without addressing each of these problems the kids and our society will be the losers. This has been going on for some time and as proof I will submit that if our kids had been given a good education over the years we would not now be saddled with the present POTUS and the leadership we have in DC.

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  21. A most insightful observation with solid commentary.

  22. real american says:

    Hell yes there will. The democraps and the mob controlled unions can't afford to loose a major source of revenue and a stranglehold on the youth brainwashing industry.

  23. real american says:

    The only option. Home schooling or private and charter schools controlled by the consumer, not the purveyors.

  24. real american says:

    Unions protect the jobs of inferior employees. Good ones don't need the gangster-controlled unions and never did.