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  •  Civil Service Status (15+ / 0-)

    Tenure is a word that has been poisoned by the privateers and Republicans.  Actually, it is no more that what other government workers call civil service status.  The reason for civil service status in the first place was to prevent political shakedowns of government workers for money or election day favors.

    It has not happened yet, because the billionaires are putting so much money into the political system that individuals cannot keep up.  But soon, without civil service, teachers will be forced into electioneering and political contributing--or else.

    In a way, it could have a sliver of good, because teachers have long since forgotten the insecurities that came with a politicized school system.  They could vote like their lives depend on it.

    I'm from Johnson City.

    by Al Fondy on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 12:38:49 PM PDT

    •  In NY it is more (0+ / 0-)

      In particular, unlike all other civil service which are judged by public employees, teacher disciplinary proceeding have been privatized at the behest of the teachers union.  They are decided by arbitrators partially chosen by the teachers union.

    •  How would teachers lose civil service protection? (0+ / 0-)

      If that's really all that "tenure" is, then sure, the ruling is outrageous.    If it's about something more than the civil service due process procedures that apply to other professional-level public employees, then I haven't heard a good justification for keeping them.

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