Teacher unions won an important victory yesterday as an appellate court in Los Angeles unanimously overturned a lower court decision that found teacher tenure in California violates the state constitution. The case is Vergara vs. California.
AFT President Randi Weingarten reacted to the victory by as usual calling for concessions. Here is Randi's portion of the L.A. Times original article:
Weingarten acknowledges that the current tenure laws are problematic, and said that the state of California should "work together" to improve them. But, she added, "You can't fire your way to a teaching force.
In a later edition of the same article, Randi's portion changes but is still essentially the same.
At least one union leader, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, has said that some employment rules are “problematic” and should be improved. But she too hailed the reversal: “You can’t fire your way to a teaching force.”
Compare Randi's reaction to the California Teachers Association President Eric C. Heins' comment:
“I think it’s a win certainly for educators, but also a win for students,” California Teachers Assn. President Eric C. Heins said of the ruling. “The trial never made the connection between the harms [the plaintiffs] were alleging and the statutes they were challenging. I think the laws have been working.”
Weingarten calls employment rules problematic and says we all need to work together to improve them (a seat at the table) while the California Teachers Association says "the laws have been working."
I always acknowledge that I like Randi Weingarten personally but does she ever just advocate for teachers without wavering? Or as a number of us have asked many times: Has she ever met a giveback she didn't like?