California Teacher Tenure Becoming Major Election Issue


The Los Angeles Times (9/10, Skelton) reports the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s June decision to throw out two-year teacher tenure has brought the issue of teacher quality to the forefront of the state gubernatorial debates, with appeals filed by Gov. Jerry Brown and Atty. Gen. Kamala D Harris (both seeking re-election), as well as teacher unions with schools chief Tom Torlakson soon to follow. Skelton goes on to cite platitudes from Brown denouncing bad teachers while not-directly supporting the ruling, while Torlakson trails party-opponent Marshall Tuck in polling 28% to 31%, with 41% undecided.