Examines how Los Angeles Unified School District and state policies on teacher assignment, evaluations, tenure, compensation, and work schedule facilitate or hinder improvements in quality. Lists recommendations, including removing seniority preference.
- Observation: Teacher Assignments: Recommendations include eliminating the priority placement list, giving schools more autonomy over staffing, and allowing performance to be used as a factor in determining which teachers will be laid off (as opposed to seniority only).
- Observation: Evaluations: Recommendations include making student performance the preponderant criterion for teacher evaluations, developing a team of independent evaluators, making the evaluation tool and process a management right not subject to negotiation with the union, and requiring annual evaluations of all teachers.
- Observation: Tenure: Recommendations include holding a tenure review to decide whether to award tenure, making performance the primary factor on which tenure is decided, and rewarding teachers who earn tenure with a significant pay increase.
- Observation: Compensation: Recommendations include phasing out salary differentials for earning course credit and offering higher salaries to the top teachers who consistently produce the greatest learning gains.
- Observation: Work schedule: Recommendations include ensuring that the eight-hour contractual workday be performed on-site and considering alternative academic calendars that minimize the impact of the shorter instructional year and the academic regression that occurs over the summer.