Getting Rid of Bad Teachers

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On Sunday, the LA Times reported on how difficult it is to fire a teacher in California, even when evidence of misbehavior appears to be strong. In one case, a civil jury agreed with a school principal who fired a teacher for alleged repeated sexual harassment. But despite the jury's verdict, a special commission ruled that the teacher could keep his job. That case began seven years ago and it's still in the courts. We speak with Jason Song, who authored the article, and others about the obstacles facing school boards who want to fire teachers for misbehavior or incompetence in the classroom.

Credits

Guests:
Jason Song - Los Angeles Times - @byjsong, A.J. Duffy - Apple Academy Charter Public Schools, Tamar Galatzan - LAUSD Board of Education

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Sonya Geis, Katie Cooper