December 18, 2013: Lauren Rosenhall of the Sacramento Bee reports:
Matt David, a political consultant (last year to GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and now to education diva Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst), has submitted a proposed initiative to the California attorney general's office, seeking to place before the November 14 voters a measure to remove seniority as a factor in teacher layoffs -- requiring instead decisions based on performance and student test scores.
The measure, which aligns itself with StudentsFirst's goals, has not yet received the endorsement of the organization. It also would streamline the firing procedures for teachers convicted of sex crimes, setting up a possible conflict with another ballot measure recently proposed by EdVoice, which, Rosenhall notes, generally shares StudentsFirst’s anti-union approach to education.
“It is certainly disappointing to see both EdVoice and StudentsFirst submit for the ballot two tremendously destructive as well as clearly politically charged initiatives to draw the education community into an unnecessary and costly initiative election that’s not good for students or any of us,” [California Teachers Assn. spokeswoman Claudia] Briggs wrote[to Rosehall] in an email.