Proposition Summary

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS. WAITING PERIOD FOR PERMANENT STATUS. DISMISSAL. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Increases length of time required before a teacher may become a permanent employee from two complete consecutive school years to five complete consecutive school years. Measure applies to teachers whose probationary period commenced during or after the 2003-2004 fiscal year. Modifies the process by which school boards can dismiss a permanent teaching employee who receives two consecutive unsatisfactory performance evaluations. SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE ANALYST'S ESTIMATE OF NET STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT FISCAL IMPACT: Unknown net effect on school districts' costs for teacher compensation, performance evaluations, and other activities. The impact would vary significantly by district and depend largely on future personnel actions by individual school districts.

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Special Election

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Initiative Statute

For Author

GOVERNOR ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER; GEORGE SCHULZ, Chair, Governor's Council of Economic Advisors; KARLA JONES, 2004 Educator of the Year, Orange County

Against Author

BARBARA KERR, President, California Teachers Association; JACK O'CONNELL, State Superintendent of Public Instruction; NAM NGUYEN, Student Teacher

Rebuttal Author

MARY BERGAN, President, California Federation of Teachers; MONICA MASINO, President, Student CTA; MANUEL "MANNY" HERNANDEZ, Vice President, Sacramento City Unified School District

Rebuttal Against Author

DR. PETER G. MEHAS, Superintendent, Fresno County Office of Education; HUGH MOONEY, Teacher, Galt Union High School District; LILLIAN PERRY, Teacher, Fontana Unified School District