March 14 | EdSource

By John Fensterwald

The district and the San Jose Teachers Association have a contract in which a panel of administrators and teachers together evaluate probationary teachers, defined as those in their first two years on the job. In other districts, teacher evaluation is the sole authority of principals. As part of the process, San Jose wants the State Board to give it flexibility to extend by one year the state’s two-year limit on probation before deciding to dismiss the teacher or grant permanent status, often referred to as tenure.

...Members [are] conflicted between expressing admiration for the district’s collaborative relationship with teachers and worrying about the legal implications of approval.


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