Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Tisket, a Tasket, I've Blown Another Gasket

The problem with Peter Schrag's piece is simply he does not know what he is talking about. He needed to talk to some teachers who have actually been chewed up and spit out by the system before writing such a misleading column.

Schrag peddles the LIE--and it IS a LIE--that K-12 teachers have "lifetime employment" once they get "tenure"--which they do NOT have regardless of what state statutes call post-probationary status. That lie forms the basis of this fraudulent lawsuit put forward by billionaires wanting to destroy teachers' unions, but without having a clue as to the importance of civil service protections to help prevent favoritism and the spoils system of yore. "Tenure"--REAL tenure--applies only to both public and private colleges and universities and exists to preserve the concept of academic freedom. K-12 teachers do not have this. What they DO have ARE the IDENTICAL CIVIL SERVICE PROTECTIONS THAT OTHER PUBLIC EMPLOYEES HAVE, and that is the right to "due process" before "dismissal." Very few teachers EVER opt for the administrative hearings, which are easily rigged by school districts, by the way. Instead, the overwhelming majority of terminated teachers take severance packages called "settlements" in an exchange for giving up the right to sue a school district. School districts LOVE these severance agreements and try to force teachers to take them to the point of starving them for months and months by having them go on unpaid administrative leave during the "dismissal" process. This is the same thing everywhere in the United States with teachers regardless of the state.

Private employees do not have this, and for good reason. Private employers are not government. Case law says that a public sector job is a property right, and because it is a property right, government cannot deprive people of that right without "due process." All it amounts to is an extra step in the firing process.

Teachers have the exact same "right" to an administrative hearing as do police, fire, and other public personnel. If teachers' rights are destroyed, they have every right to sue in the courts because they are being treated differently from other public employees by being denied a property right.

Furthermore, school districts have all kinds of ways, legal and illegal, to get rid of employees they don't want. I was fired in a different state over literally nothing, and the dirtbags rigged my hearing when they realized their administrators screwed up. They should have gone to jail for what they did, but these crooks are immune from prosecution. School districts can also blackball teachers from ever working in their field again solely on the whim of an idiot principal through "do not rehire" designations and through HR weeding out questions on job applications. Principals and other administrators are almost impossible to get rid of, unlike teachers. They have unilateral power to destroy careers, which does not exist anywhere else in the economy.

Moral of the story to the Vergara mob and Peter Schrag: Don't write or talk about something you know nothing about.

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