March 20, 2012
An Update for the Orcutt Community on the District’s proposal regarding Dismissal Rights for Charter Teachers
There has been much discussion lately about equality or lack of between District teachers and Charter teachers. Let me address this issue by answering some commonly posed questions.
What is different between a Charter School and a District School?
· Charter Schools are funded differently with a separate pot of money.
· Charter Schools are schools of choice. In other words, they have to compete for students.
· Charter Schools have to adhere to what is written in their charter and five year plan.
o If the Academy does not show progress, it is cause for nonrenewal of the school’s charter and school closure.
· In exchange for all of this, charter schools are given more flexibility and freedom from state Education Code requirements to allow movement from rule-based performance to a more performance-based accountability system.
What do Charter Teachers have that all teachers in our district have?
· The Orcutt Board of Trustees oversee both the District Schools and the Academy.
· Charter Teachers and District Teachers both have Job Protection Rights either through Due Process (Permanency) or Education Code (Tenure).
· Charter teachers and District teachers have the same salary schedule.
· Charter teachers and District teachers have the same benefit package.
· Charter teachers and District teachers all belong to the same union.
· Charter teachers and District teachers have the same evaluation procedures.
· Charter teachers and District teachers have the same student contact days (180).
What is the district proposing regarding Dismissal procedures?
The district is proposing that instead of using Education Code language for dismissal, which makes it difficult to remove underperforming teachers because the process involves months of legal wrangling by the principal, the school board, the union, and the courts, the Academy educators be given the same due process procedures that most professional organizations have, including doctors, nurses, firefighters, etc. This may not be exactly equal to Education Code that the Orcutt educators presently have, but it is fair and it is right for children!