Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Citing the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision that ended segregation, a California judge ruled Tuesday that tenure and the traditional “last in, first out” teacher employment practices support an unequal public education system that violates the Constitution.Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu determined in Vergara v. State of California that the protections of tenure and seniority should not apply because ineffective teachers were being concentrated in California’s low income/high minority areas. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan supports the ruling, calling it a “mandate to fix these problems.” But critics, such as National Education Association (NEA) President Dennis Van Roekel, called the decision “deeply flawed.”“Today’s ruling would make it harder to attract and retain quality teachers in our classrooms,” Van Roekel said in a press release, adding that it “ignores all research that shows experience is a key factor in effective teaching.”The implications of this court decision are far-reaching, teachers advocates say, because federal education reforms, No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, place teachers—and their unions—under enormous pressure to perform to “effective” standards. These standards are determined in part by controversial state standardized tests, such as the Common Core curriculum.Professor Mark Naison, co-founder of the Badass Teachers Association and the chairman of the African and African-American Studies Department at Fordham University, said: “This is a sign of a nation that has lost its moral compass.”He called the ruling a “declaration of war on teachers around the county who depend on tenure to protect them from abusive administrators, self-interested parents and intolerable interference with their jobs from elected officials. It will help drive the best teachers out of the profession and make recruiting talented people to the profession far more difficult. Children will suffer while teachers work in fear!”New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) spokesman Carl Korn called it a “horrendous decision.” He said it’s important for people to understand what tenure means for public school teachers.“It’s not a guaranteed job for life,” he told the Press. “For the first three years, a teacher is on probation and can be terminated for [almost] any reason. Tenure simply means that if a district wants to bring charges against a teacher, those teachers are entitled to due process.”The California Teachers Association has said it will appeal the ruling. Korn believes that it will be successful in appealing this “meritless” decision when a more “even-handed judge” weighs in. NYSUT doesn’t want New York lawmakers to follow suit and weaken tenure protections here.“Especially in New York, with all of the protests [over the Common Core curriculum and education cutbacks], how can a teacher speak out about public concerns over the budget?” Korn asked. “How could they speak out to challenge the [state] commissioner of education if they could be fired at the whim of their administrators? Without this protection, what’s to stop administrators from firing their most highly paid teachers? How does that benefit children?”Judge Treu said he was ruling in behalf of disadvantaged children, but how striking down teachers’ tenure will help them in the classroom is far from clear.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Stewart’s All American Restaurant, the hamburger chain launched by the old-timey root beer company, recently opened its first location on Long Island when a franchise in Wantagh debuted last week.Besides burgers and their famous root beer floats, the full-service sit-down eatery with a vintage themed also serves up hot dogs, fries, steaks, sandwiches, wraps, salads and more.“No two Stewart’s Restaurants look exactly alike, but you can always expect to enjoy traditional American food and Stewart’s beverages with local fare at a ‘family-friendly’ price,” the company said in a news release. “The experience that we provide for our guests and local communities has generated a growing loyal following who promote our brand through word-of-mouth.”Stewart’s has more than 30 locations, mostly in the Northeast and only one other restaurant in New York, in Brooklyn.The company was founded in 1924 in Ohio and has grown over the past century, but stuck to founder Frank Stewart’s special blend of root, herb and berry extracts in his root beers and specialty sodas sold in classic glass bottles.The opening of LI’s first location comes as New Jersey-based Stewart’s All American Corp. announced that it plans to begin offering stock in the company this year.The new Stewart’s is located in the Willow Wood Shopping Center, 1161 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh.
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DECEMBER’S announcement that TNT and Toll Holdings were forming a consortium to exploit Australia’s nascent open access regime by operating freight trains between major cities means that National Rail Corporation could follow Australian National into what amounts to liquidation (RG 1.97 p8). Conceivably, the joint TNT-Toll operation could become so dominant that it will effectively negate the policy of competition on the rails, as English Welsh & Scottish Railway has done in Britain.TNT, which is controlled by Royal PTT Nederland NV, became the second open access operator on Australia’s interstate trunk routes in July 1996 when it launched a thrice-weekly Melbourne – Adelaide – Perth service. Chief Executive David Mortimer said this service had ’exceeded expectations’ and would be expanded before other routes were opened up. ’If we can get the efficiencies and cost savings I predict, then rail will be in a position to recapture much of the freight that has moved over to road in recent years.’Toll was NRC’s second largest customer after steel producer BHP, and the most important for unitised freight. A contract signed last year looked set to bring NRC up to A$80m in annual revenues, but Toll Managing Director Paul Little was predicting in December that ’a significant percentage of our volume could be on TNT’s trains by March’ – Toll’s Melbourne – Perth rail traffic is worth A$60m a year.This decision virtually eliminates any chance that NRC will meet mandatory profitability criteria when transitional subsidies end a year hence. The federal government, which owns 72·8% of NRC shares, has already decided to sell; as minority shareholders, the NSW and Victorian governments are expected to go along with this. TNT-Toll will want to acquire rolling stock and other assets, but may balk at bidding for NRC as a complete entity. Picking up useful assets at fire-sale prices without the liabilities, as AN purchasers will be able to do this year, may prove more appealing come 1998. o