Marshall Tuck urges California Board of Education to lead on teacher tenure revamp
Marshall Tuck, a reelection opponent to California State Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, has urged the State Board of Education to immediately develop solutions to the issues raised in the 'teacher tenure' lawsuit.
In a letter to the State Board of Education, Tuck stressed that the state could not wait for the court case to wind its way through the long process of appeals as children are struggling to receive quality education.
Demanding a quick action, Tuck added, "We need change now. We are asking the State Board of Education to lead where the state superintendent is not leading."
Pronouncing his decision in the Vergara vs. State of California lawsuit, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that the Golden State's two-year teacher tenure process, dismissal procedures and seniority-based layoff system deprive students, particularly of low-income families, of their right to equality of education because the system protects ineffective teachers.
While Neel Kashkari and Marshall Tuck, who are vying for the offices of governor and state schools chief respectively, have sided with the plaintiffs; Gov. Jerry Brown and state schools chief Torlakson have appealed the ruling.
California's two largest teacher unions, the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers, have challenged the expertise as well as the motives of those who brought the controversial lawsuit.
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