As the election to fill three Burbank Unified school board seats comes to an end, one issue has been completely left blowing in the wind: the tenure system, or the obtaining of permanent status as a teacher.
A generally avoided, divisive topic, the idea of tenure in our public school system is something we all need to be willing to talk about. A quick rundown of the system in California: A permanent status-holding, or tenured, public school teacher is “protected” from termination, excluding “obvious” cases of incompetence and/or misconduct.
Translation: It's going to take far more than a formal complaint to remove a teacher who's been in a classroom full time for as little as three years. For example, a student may feel verbally abused by a teacher and file a written formal complaint against them, yet still see no action taken as the teacher had contributed years of work to the school.