Rep. George Miller Responds To TIME Cover

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This is one part of a series of readers’ responses to this week’s cover.

I strongly support Judge Treu’s decision in the Vergara case and found Time’s story about teacher tenure and dismissal policies generally informative and balanced. But the headline and cover art – “Rotten Apples,” 11/3/2014 – is grossly unfair to teachers and further polarizes an issue we must resolve. As someone who has been trying for years to bridge the divide in the education debate, I know as well as anyone that hyperbole only serves to continue to deny poor and minority children a better education. All parties in this debate, whether Time, the teacher unions, or the reformers, must drop the rhetoric and focus on the kids.

The fact is, California schools desperately need to improve. We cannot keep doing the same thing and expect different results. It is important to note that no other state…

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