One of the strongest voices for education reform in California is Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles. FOX 11 Vice President & General Manager Kevin Hale explains why the mayor is on the right track.
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Full Editorial Text:
Never in the history of this country has education reform been more critical.
Some of the most vocal advocates for reform are coming from the least likely places.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, an early Teachers Union organizer, is now leading a charge for union reform. Last week, he called the union's leadership an "unwavering roadblock to reform."
Awarding tenure after a mere two years on the job is simply bad business.
As the Mayor pointed out: "Union leaders need to take notice that it is their friends, the very people who have supported them and the people whom they have supported, who are carrying the torch of education reform and crying out for the unions to join them.”
California Teacher’s Association President David Sanchez went on record against Villaraigosa saying teachers are being blamed for all the ills of the schools.
The truth is, everyone educated in California probably remembers the great teacher or teachers they had, the ones that truly made the difference in a young impressionable life.
We're saying, let's reform the state education code to allow those outstanding teachers to be rewarded and recognized. And let's stop doing what the powerful reform documentary film, "Waiting for Superman," called the "Dance of the Lemons," which simply passes under-performing teachers from one school to another.
“This isn’t just about doing away with the ‘Dance of the Lemons,’ it is about chopping down the trees that grow bad lemons."
We applaud his efforts and the efforts of other reformers.
The union's been fighting reform every step of the way, to the point where even their traditional allies are now turning on them. From teacher evaluations linked to test scores, to revamping tenure rules, they don’t want change.
I ask Governor-elect Brown to support the Mayor and demand the union stop fighting reform at every turn. And to propose legislation that would revamp state codes for seniority and tenure. We also ask him to do everything in his power to keep reformers on the State Board of Education.
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