I'm going to play devil's advocate here, and I think the only reasons I can are that a) I haven't been teaching long enough, and b) I'm at a charter so it doesn't have an immediate effect on me anyway.
Here are two examples of issues that have arisen here in LA.
Teachers in Huntington Park
were put right back into the hiring pool (because it's cheaper than firing them
) when they were laid off. They were still paid. Any open positions in that district had to go to one of them before they could go to a recent graduate. One of my professors during my credential program taught at this school and was laid off. He was mad about it, but he had another job before the end of the semester. The districts hands are tied, they have to hire the displaced teachers first.
Then you ave guys like this a-hole
, who don't get caught abusing kid for YEARS, end up with tenure and will STILL get paid a pension! Why is there no distinction between a child molester and a teacher whose test scores are on the low side?