Professor: California Needs A Grand Bargain In Wake Of Vergara Ruling


Professor emeritus at Cal State Sacramento Ken Futernick writes in a Los Angeles Times (9/20, Futernick) op-ed that the Vergara vs. California decision making it easier to fire teachers “will hurt students” if officials, teachers, and state leaders “don’t move beyond its limited focus and address the many factors that adversely affect student learning and teacher performance.” Futenick advocates for a “grand bargain” that addresses poor teacher performance as well as the other obstacles that teachers face and that prevent students from learning. Futernick lays out a framework for a grand bargain and closes saying “we will never see real equity when it comes to teacher effectiveness until the state provides enough education funding to fully address the problem.”