BY PHYLIS HOFFMAN, PAMELA THOMPSON AND JENNIFER WALKER
We are teachers and parents who saw a reason to hope for our schools. In late April, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a San Diego Democrat, presented a modest teacher evaluation bill, Assembly Bill 1495, in the Assembly Education Committee.
We also knew she was going to have a fight on her hands. Supporters of the status quo had predictably deployed their considerable forces in opposition, while the committee planned to euthanize Weber’s policy by transforming it into a study bill.
We were baffled to watch the torpedoing of a bill that, at its core, was both pro-student and pro-teacher.