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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Pocan Statement on California Teacher Tenure Ruling

Jun 18, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, today issued the following statement on the Los Angeles Superior Court ruling in Vergara v. State of California:

“We all want the best education for our students and high-quality teachers are the backbone of our education system. Unfortunately, the Los Angeles Superior Court ruling merely strips away key workplace protections for teachers while doing nothing to improve student learning. Research shows experience is a key factor in effective teaching and this decision only makes it harder for school districts to attract and retain quality teachers.

“Instead of taking away due process rights and attacking teacher unions, we should be doing more to support our teachers by expanding opportunities and resources to enhance their skills. The decision in California misses a real opportunity to improve education.”