Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law at Berkeley Law at the University of California, Berkeley
Pro to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"
"No one disputes that education is unequal in California and the United States. Poorer children and children of color are disadvantaged in the educational system. But the tenure system for teachers is not responsible for this, nor will altering it improve education for those who most need reform...
Every year, the states with the highest student performance are states, like Maryland and Massachusetts, with robust protection of teachers. One of the key reasons they are successful is that these states do a better job at getting resources to the neediest students and creating a climate where teachers have the support needed to succeed and therefore stay in the profession.
The problem of inner-city schools is not that the dedicated teachers who work in them have too many rights, but that the schools have inadequate resources, the students who go to them are disadvantaged in many ways, and the schools are surrounded by communities that are dangerous, lack essential services and are largely segregated both by race and class. Taking away from teachers the modest job security accorded by tenure will address none of these problems."
"Misguided Attack on Tenure Sidetracked," ocregister.com, Apr. 21, 2016
Experts Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of education. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to education.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, Berkeley School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, July 1, 2017-present
Columnist, Sacramento Bee
Monthly Columnist, ABA Journal
Contributor, Daily Journal
Lecturer, BAR/BRI, 1986-present
Former Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of the School of Law at the University of California, Irvine, 2008-June, 2017
Former Columnist, Orange County Register
Alston and Bird Professor of Law and Political Science, Duke University, 2004-2008
Professor, University of Southern California Law School, 1983-2004
Associate Professor, DePaul University College of Law, 1983-1984
Assistant Professor, DePaul University College of Law, 1980-83
Director, Northwestern University, National High School Institute in Speech, Forensics Division, 1981-82
Attorney, Dobrovir, Oakes, and Gebhardt (Washington, DC), 1979-1980
Attorney, Attorney General’s Program for Honor Law Graduates, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Frauds Section, 1978-79
JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, Harvard University, 1978