That may very well be the case.
Yesterday, New York Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Wright v. State of New York which challenges the Empire State's teacher tenure laws. In Wrignt, the plaintiffs claim that New York schoolchildren are being denied their right to a "sound basic education," as guaranteed by the State's Constitution. As currently practiced, the State's tenure laws protect ineffective teachers and base layoffs upon teacaher seniority, not teaching quality.
The Partnership for Educational Justice (PEJ), founded by former CNN anchor Campbell Brown, is providing legal support to the plaintiffs. PEJ alleges that the State's school children are suffering as a result of these protections. How so? According to PEJ:
- Teachers generally receive tenure after 3 years.
- To replace 1 ineffective teacher, the cost can be $250k and the process can take up to 18 months.
- In the decade between 1997 and 2007, only 0.008% of New York City's public school teachers were replaced due to poor performance. Yes, that's 8/1000ths of 1%! The fact: New York City public school teachers are more likely to die than they are to be replaced due to ineffectiveness.
- The State state only considers years of service when determining which teachers should be fired. In the event of layoffs, the best teachers are removed if they do not possess sufficient seniority.
Reason.org recently interviewed Campbell Brown about Wright v. State of New York and her efforts to get lousy teachers fired:
Hopefully, the Supreme Court of New York will grasp the wisdom of California's Superior Court in Vergara v. California and put another nail into the coffin of the public school teachers’ unions as they currently exist. That decision would bring about some real social justice and offer students and their parents some real "hope and change" as well.
Let the discussion begin...
To read The Motley Monk's history of the Vergara v. California case, click on the following link:
To read The Motley Monk's post about the Vergara v. California decision, click on the following link:
To read the PEJ complaint, click on the following link:
"New York Lawsuit."
To read the New York Supreme Court summons, click on the following link: