Bill aiming to expand teacher tenure stalled in California Legislature

Bill aiming to expand teacher tenure stalled in California Legislature

A bill that aims to expand job tenure protections beyond public school teachers to other employees stalled in California Legislature on Wednesday amid concerns about a recent court ruling that declared fixed job tenure as `unconstitutional'.

Last week, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu ruled that fix tenure given to public school teachers in the state were unconstitutional because they protect "grossly inadequate" teachers, which in turn hurt students' right to education. The ruling was praised by students, parents as well as education experts but teacher unions severely criticized the ruling and vowed to appeal.

Concerned about that ruling, California lawmakers yesterday stalled a bill to expand tenure protections to other employees of the state. Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, author of the bill, said that it could come up again in the legislature sometime next week.

Speaking in support of the controversial bill, Gonzalez said, "The issue remains that there are a number of teachers, nurses, and counselors - folks who take care of kids every single day - who don't have basic protections."

The bill, which failed to receive four votes required to make it out of the state senate's education committee, would require school districts to grant tenure protection to credentialed teachers after they complete three years in the job.

Opponents of the bill argue that it would perpetuate the same problematic conditions that were addressed in Judge Rolf Treu's June 10 ruling.

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