Stand with teachers to take action on tenure

 

Elevate Teaching Tenure to an Earned Professional Milestone!

We have a unique opportunity to help our students and teachers by improving our state’s law around the tenure process for teachers. Currently, California’s school and district leaders must decide within 18 months if a teacher can be permanently at the front of a public classroom.

This short probationary period hurts everyone. Research shows that growth in a new teacher’s effectiveness is most prominent during their first 5 years of teaching, and teachers agree that the probationary period for teachers needs to be extended. A statewide poll of unionized teachers in traditional public schools found that 85 percent support extending the probationary period to at least three years.

Use this form to contact key members of the California State Senate Education Committee and encourage them to support legislation that would extend the tenure timeline to at least three years, provide new teachers with the support they need, and elevate tenure to an earned professional milestone based on teacher effectiveness.


 


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Take Action

Tweet to key members of the California State Senate Education Committee and encourage them to support this important legislation.

Contact State Senator Ben Allen

Hey, @BenAllenCA! Please support The Teacher & Student Success Act (#AB3091), a teacher-written bill that seeks to strengthen & preserve #tenure in CA! #CApol #CAed #CAleg #E4ELA

Contact State Senator Scott Wilk

Hey, @ScottWilkCA! Please support The Teacher & Student Success Act (#AB3091), a teacher-written bill that seeks to strengthen & preserve #tenure in CA! #CApol #CAed #CAleg #E4ELA

Contact State Senator Cathleen Galgiani

Hey, @SenatorGalgiani! Please support The Teacher & Student Success Act (#AB3091), a teacher-written bill that seeks to strengthen & preserve #tenure in CA! #CApol #CAed #CAleg #E4ELA

Contact State Senator Connie Leyva

Hey, @SenatorLeyva! Please support The Teacher & Student Success Act (#AB3091), a teacher-written bill that seeks to strengthen & preserve #tenure in CA! #CApol #CAed #CAleg #E4ELA

Contact State Senator Richard Pan

Hey, @DrPanMD! Please support The Teacher & Student Success Act (#AB3091), a teacher-written bill that seeks to strengthen & preserve #tenure in CA! #CApol #CAed #CAleg #E4ELA

Contact State Senator Andy Vidak

Hey, @SenAndyVidak! Please support The Teacher & Student Success Act (#AB3091), a teacher-written bill that seeks to strengthen & preserve #tenure in CA! #CApol #CAed #CAleg #E4ELA

Contact State Senator Mike McGuire

Hey, @ilike_mike! Please support The Teacher & Student Success Act (#AB3091), a teacher-written bill that seeks to strengthen & preserve #tenure in CA! #CApol #CAed #CAleg #E4ELA

In the News

Check out views from teachers and advocates who want to see teacher tenure preserved and elevated as an important professional milestone. 

Teachers need more time to grow professionally before earning tenure

By E4E-Los Angeles memebr Josh Brown, 
Ed Source

Tenure should be a celebrated accomplishment that honors teachers’ hard work — and come after more time, feedback, and support

By E4E-Los Angeles member Lisa Quion Heinsen, LA School Report

Pro: Requiring another year to grant tenure helps students

By Lindsey Bird, Modesto Bee

Give state’s new teachers more time to sink or swim
By Dianna MacDonald, Sacramento Bee

Teachers need more than 18 months to grow professionally
By Steven Almazan, La Opinion 

Increase the amount of time for teachers to earn tenure

By Stephanie Luty Piazza, Sacramento Bee

Even Teachers Think It Should Take More Than Just 18 Months to Get Tenure

By E4E-Los Angeles member Erin Fitzgerald-Haddad, Education Post

Weber’s Bill Will Give New Teachers More Time
By E4E-Los Angeles member Taiesha Fowler, Huffington Post

Commentary: Let’s make teacher tenure meaningful
By E4E-Los Angeles member Phyllis Hoffman, LA School Report

The Benefits of Lengthening the Tenure Process for California Public School Teachers

By Camille Hommeyer, Huffington Post

Community support

These community partners are standing with our teachers.

Alliance for a Better Community • Association of California School Administrators

California Association of School Business Officials • California Business Roundtable

California State PTA • Children Now • Community Coalition • GO Public Schools  

The Education Trust—West • Educators for Excellence • Educate 78 • EdVoice 

Families in Schools • Dr. George J. McKenna III, LAUSD School Board Member

InnerCity Struggle • Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Orange County Business Council • The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

Promesa Boyle Heights • Riverside County Superintendent • Silicon Valley Leadership Group 

Students for Education Reform • Teach Plus • United Way of Greater Los Angeles