A California judge ruled last week that the state's tenure laws are unconstitutional and result in ineffective teachers. We asked followers what they thought of the ruling. Comments from Twitter and Facebook are edited for clarity and grammar:
The answer is obvious. No entity should allow for consistently poor performance, regardless of profession.
It's the result of another anti-labor attack, and unfortunately the real losers will be California's children.
Teachers aren't suffering from a lack of funding. Kick out unions and watch the improvement.
Bad teachers also don't get fired where there are no unions because of shortages and cronyism.
I'm all for getting rid of tenure! If an educator is a poor performer or unwilling to keep skills current, he or she should be fired.
Teachers should be reviewed and held accountable, just as people are in other professions.
— Dwayne Landry
What is this obsession with firing? Why don't people talk about training or expectations? They always talk about firing.
Many with no clue about what it takes to become a teacher, or what teachers face in the classroom, want to blame teachers for students not learning. Yes, there are bad teachers. In any labor market, there are good and bad workers.
— Damond Barbee
Schools are not looking to allow arbitrary firings. They simply want to be able to fire or lay off crummy teachers before a much better teacher.
— Tony Francis
Tenure should be offered but only after four or five years. This gives management enough time to better decide who is good and who isn't.
— Doug Larson
People often fail to state that tenure has to be earned. In addition, I believe it was intended to take the politics out of teaching. Without tenure, teachers could be replaced regularly by administrators.
— Howard Renn
A good teacher can make a huge difference compared with a poor one. Many children are having their access to a good teacher and a good education blocked by powerful special interests — teachers' unions.
It's about time someone put a stop to it.
— Mathew Andresen
If only we could hold parents accountable for their children instead of blaming troubles on teachers, we'd be doing OK. Parents have responsibilities as far as their kids are concerned.
Bad teachers are out there, but terrible parents are, too.
— Will Sampson
I remember many great teachers, but I also remember some bad ones. One was an older lady who was such a pushover. A few students were smoking pot, and she knew but did nothing. All we did was watch movies in her class.
It was a waste of taxpayer money.
— Mary T. Hernandez-borbon