Monday, July 23, 2012

Myths About Public Education

Because there are so many myths about public education being spread by so-called education reformers, those of us at Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education decided to counter four of the most pervasive myths with facts.

To read the myths and our responses click on Myths About Public Education under INFORMATION AND FACT SHEETS on the right.

Click here to download a pdf file of the Myths About Public Education.


Brent said...

"Teachers did have the right to due process under state law which governed the
dismissal process; however, the legislature changed the law and eliminated due

That is not necessarily true. Teachers are not considered "at will" employees and still have some job protections. Those hired before July 1, 2012 seem to have more if I am reading the convoluted new statutes correctly.

Phyllis Bush said...

Teachers CANNOT bargain due process language into contracts per SEA1 and SEA 575. Legislative action goes into effect July 1 of the action. Any contract expiring after July 1, 2011cannot contain language re due process. If a contract in place before July 1, 2011 has t language it is only good until contract expires and cannot be renegotiated again. Teachers under the law are limited to a conference with the superintendent and board if terminated, nonrenewed or RIF. That is NOT due process.

Brent said...

I think it is more complicated than that. I will have to do more research. I seem to remember seeing very little language change in the law in regards to how a teacher can be terminated-especially an "established" one. The biggest change was that they could use test scores and the ranking system to show incompetence.

NEIFPE said...

Steve told us, "I work with the results of the legislature on a daily basis. It is not complicated. Teachers no longer have due process. Their "due process" is limited by law to requesting a conference with the superintendent and with the Board. "Established" teachers are under the same process. If a contract contained due process and was in force by July 1, 2011 then at the expiration of the contract, teachers may no longer bargain due process re termination, nonrenewal. I have been through this process. If the system wants to get rid of you they can. Easily. There is no longer any recourse for teacher wrongly dismissed other than begging the superintendent and Board for fairness."