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State needs a 'grand bargain' on teachers' effectiveness, obstacles
State needs a 'grand bargain' on teachers' effectiveness, obstacles

Unless it's overturned on appeal, the Los Angeles Superior Court's June decision in Vergara vs. California making it much easier to fire teachers will hurt students if lawmakers, unions and other state education leaders don't move beyond its limited focus and address the many factors that adversely affect student learning and teacher performance. Stakeholders must come together around a “grand bargain” that would address not only teacher incompetence but all the obstacles educators face that, in the end, prevent many students from learning. The court's ruling, which Gov. Jerry Brown has appealed, found that several California employment statutes violate...

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