But the terms are used somewhat interchangeably in K-12 parlance (ever hear of a 4th grade teacher invoking “Academic Freedom” to explain why s/he is teaching Sex Ed?), and the former is clearly under attack across the country. Or at least on the coasts.
Up to 45 Los Angeles Unified School District campuses will be shielded from teacher layoffs altogether, Judge William F. Highberger ordered Friday, and layoffs in the district’s other 750 schools must be spread more equitably. That could lead some experienced teachers to lose their jobs.
The decision comes amid deep education cuts and a debate over teacher tenure rules, which are being challenged across the country. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently called for the end of tenure, as have leaders in Florida, Idaho, Wyoming and elsewhere.
In a bluntly worded speech delivered at a politically influential black church, Mr. Bloomberg said current state law could force him to fire every teacher hired by the city over the last five years, 15,000 in all.
The mayor said that if, as widely expected, the governor’s office proposes deep cuts to the city’s education spending this week, it must give the city flexibility in determining which teachers to lay off. Right now, it must fire new teachers first.
Something to watch.