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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1994
I've been diligently self-employed for 23 years, and no one has even whispered "tenure" to me. Now, is that fair? ART STANLOW, Costa Mesa
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
SAN FRANCISCO - Keith Jackson came seemingly from nowhere to win a seat on the San Francisco Board of Education, a young newcomer running as a champion of parents and the "problem children" he knew growing up in the city's historically black Western Addition. He disappeared from public prominence years ago after a troubled tenure on the board and for well over a decade earned a comfortable if unassuming living as a niche player in local politics, representing candidates and corporate interests before San Francisco's hard-pressed African American community.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2013 | By David Ng
Kent Nagano's tenure at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra appears uncertain following reports that the American conductor will depart the orchestra when his current contract as music director expires in 2016. But the orchestra's management has vigorously denied the reports. A report this month from Montreal's La Presse stated that Nagano's contract with the orchestra won't be renewed beyond 2016. The report, written by Claude Gingras, cites sources saying that Zarin Mehta is helping the orchestra find Nagano's successor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A groundbreaking, two-month trial challenging teacher job protections in California concluded Thursday with both sides asserting that the interests of students are at stake. The case, Vergara vs. California, seeks to overturn a set of laws that affect how teachers are fired, laid off and granted tenure. The Silicon Valley-based group Students Matter brought the lawsuit on behalf of nine plaintiffs, contending that the regulations hinder the removal of ineffective teachers. The result is a workforce with thousands of "grossly ineffective" teachers, which disproportionately hurts low-income and minority students, attorneys said.
OPINION
March 31, 2011
This is an era of revolt in public education, against pay, tenure and work rules that reward teacher experience over teacher accomplishments. Last week, Florida landed a direct hit in that revolt, with a new law that removes tenure protections for all teachers hired from now on and that bases half of each teacher's evaluation on student test scores. Those evaluations will determine pay, firing, layoffs and teaching assignments. Florida deserves credit for breaking through the inertia that stalls most attempts to change the way personnel decisions are made in schools.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Larry Sand
Ted Rall's Feb. 6 blog post and cartoon, "Stop tenure tyranny and show some love for our hardworking teachers," is long on demagoguery and little else. Even the title of the piece misses the mark. Contrary to what Rall writes , teachers in California's public schools do not get tenure. What they achieve after two years on the job is "permanent status. " What other job affords workers something called permanence? And getting rid of an underperforming teacher who has reached that lofty perch is just about impossible.
NEWS
December 10, 1990 | JOHN DART, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
A confrontation between Auburn University's faculty and its administration was apparently averted with a ruling last week that university policies were not violated by the withdrawal of an offer of tenure to controversial Catholic scholar Charles Curran. University officials announced that the Alabama school's Tenure and Promotions Committee decided that university President James E. Martin did not violate campus policies or Curran's academic freedom when he denied tenure to the scholar.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1989
As a graduate student in the UC system and having served for nine months on a tenure and promotions committee at UC Irvine, I find Miles' argument both misleading and wrongheaded. First, he gives no supporting evidence for the "distressingly large" number of tenured deadwood in the system, something that in my experience with the actual promotions committee caseload was very rare. For what I found to be the few tenured UC faculty who fit his image of deadwood, Miles' promotes a wrong-headed vision of education by insisting that UC system students be exposed to even more of their teaching.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1992
When tenure is awarded, it is in recognition of excellence in scholarship and service to a university over several probationary years. In most large public universities, the tenure decision is based on extensive scrutiny of the candidate by university committees, consultation with internal and external reviewers of the candidate's work. The reason behind the massive layoffs at SDSU was not incompetence of tenured professors. As stated by SDSU President Thomas Day, the "deep and narrow" cuts strategy was used in order to reach older professors, who are naturally in higher salary brackets, to "save more money."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
UC Santa Barbara was admonished by federal antidiscrimination watchdogs for allegedly denying tenure to a professor after she took time off to have two children. There was reasonable cause to believe the university discriminated against professor Laurie Freeman, 41, in 2003 when she was denied a lifetime appointment as a tenured professor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in San Francisco ruled Sept. 6. Freeman was granted tenure by the university this summer.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Scott Collins
KCET-TV will have to navigate the storm it now faces without its longtime captain. Al Jerome, who has run the troubled public TV outlet for the last 18 years, announced Tuesday that he would be stepping down from the organization, even as mounting financial woes threaten to overwhelm it. Jerome, 71, said he plans to retire in the next six months while he helps Burbank-based KCETLink, which now runs the station, find a new chief executive....
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Stanley Fischer, the former Bank of Israel president nominated for the Federal Reserve's No. 2 job, defended his work on Wall Street and told senators at his confirmation hearing Thursday that he understood the effect of economic problems on average Americans. Pressed more by Democrats than Republicans on his background, Fischer said his tenure as vice chairman of Citigroup Inc. from 2002 to 2005 was key to his ability to oversee financial institutions as a central banker.
OPINION
February 15, 2014
Last Saturday's featured letter by former Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education member Yolie Flores - in which she told of a crying parent's plea to save the job of his autistic child's teacher - has drawn a handful of spirited responses. Some readers said Flores' experience shows the absurdity of using seniority instead of effectiveness to determine which teachers get laid off; others say blaming teachers for the district's woes doesn't help. Flores' letter commented on a lawsuit weighing teacher tenure, a topic that tends to generate substantive yet polarized commentary from readers.
NATIONAL
February 15, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - Eric H. Holder Jr. sounds like a man who suddenly found a second wind. During his first four years as America's top law enforcement officer, Holder's tenure at the Justice Department seemed so unfocused and controversy-prone that even Democrats began to question what the nation's first African American attorney general had accomplished, and whether he had the passion to stick it out. But since President Obama's reelection, the...
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Larry Sand
Ted Rall's Feb. 6 blog post and cartoon, "Stop tenure tyranny and show some love for our hardworking teachers," is long on demagoguery and little else. Even the title of the piece misses the mark. Contrary to what Rall writes , teachers in California's public schools do not get tenure. What they achieve after two years on the job is "permanent status. " What other job affords workers something called permanence? And getting rid of an underperforming teacher who has reached that lofty perch is just about impossible.
NATIONAL
February 8, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
Barely a month ago, Christopher Pengra became mayor of a bedroom community outside Salt Lake City, anticipating the usual headaches of a fast-growing area, such humdrum fare as traffic congestion and zoning disputes. But there was nothing in his newcomer's manual to handle this: A Utah County sheriff's deputy was killed late last month, gunned down on a lonely rural highway in Eagle Mountain after stopping to assist a stranded motorist. Sgt. Cory Wride, 44, a father of five whom friends knew as a "shy cowboy," had served the town for two decades.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1989
Regarding the article "Blacks, Women Charge UC Irvine With Prejudice" (Dec. 18): As one of the relatively few minority graduate students at UC Irvine, it was disheartening for me to read about the experiences of the women and men who were denied tenure and other promotions at UCI. Apparently the University of California motto, "Let there be light," does not apply to UC Irvine's faculty promotion policies. PHILIP J. ITUARTE Santa Ana
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Ted Rall, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
My mother retired recently from teaching under pretty much the best possible working conditions one could expect in an American high school: She taught high school French in an Ohio suburb that is at least 90% white, ranging from middle to upper middle class. By the end of her career, she was relatively decently paid. Her students weren't hobbled by poverty or challenged due to not having mastered English. Since French was an elective, her kids pretty much wanted to be there (though the possibility of having the class cut because of low enrollment was a worry)
OPINION
February 5, 2014
Re "Deasy provides fodder for both sides in lawsuit," Feb. 3 United Teachers Los Angeles President Gregg Solkovits calls the lawsuit against teacher tenure in California "an attempt to deprofessionalize teachers. " While his union's argument about mismanagement may be valid, Solkovits needs to rethink this particular claim. Doctors, lawyers and engineers all must continue to update their skills and apply them in their work. Can you imagine a physician who prescribes an outdated prescription for treatment or medicine?
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