School funds may stymie reform
November 27, 2012
Approval by California voters of Proposition 30, the school finance measure, may have thrown a monkey-wrench into public education reform, some advocates of change are asserting. But teachers’ union representatives disagree. (San Jose Mercury News)
The $6 billion injection may be a precursor to a battle between outspoken advocates of major education reform, and the California Teachers Association (CTA).
Former state senator Gloria Romero, who with others has been lobbying for specific changes in the way public education is administered, believes the “bandage on the current system” may forestall any real effort at reform. She said recently that meaningful changes to raise student achievement, modify the rule of teacher seniority, scrap the existing school finance system, and ensure the teacher pension fund stays solvent, may be jeopardized by an atmosphere of complacency generated by the huge cash infusion into the system.
CTA president Dean Vogel said his group in not opposed to reform, “just stupid reform.”