Monday, April 04, 2011
Cunningham attack on teacher tenure set for committee hearing Tuesday
Sen. Jane Cunningham's latest attack on public schools and teachers, a law that would eliminate teacher tenure and base teacher pay on standardized test scores will receive a friendly committee hearing 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Instead of the Education Committee, SB 372 is in the Genaral Laws Committee, which has Mrs. Cunningham as its chairman.
In SB 372, Mrs. Cunningham asks for the following:
-The abolition of tenure, to be replaced by "continuing contracts," which can be two,three, or four years, depending on how well teachers' students perform on standardized tests.
-Abolition of minimum salaries for veteran teachers or those who have earned master's degrees
-Performance pay would become effective in 2013
-Teachers cannot campaign for school board candidates in their district. (It should be noted that Mrs. Cunningham was a one-term member of the Ladue Board of Education and lost her re-election bid after she ticked off school officials, teachers, and students, with her attempts to push a religious organization.)
-All teachers who have already earned tenure lose it as of 2012 and become probationary teachers once again.