No On Propositions 74, 75, 78 and Y In The Nov. 8 Special
Billed as a new means of getting rid of bad teachers, Proposition 74 might well, instead, increase the opportunities for backbiters to do in good teachers.
Already, there's considerable danger in the teaching profession that nonconformists who speak out about weaknesses in public education can become the recipients of unwarranted personal attacks, like whistle-blowers in industry or government.
The present tenure law affords adequate opportunity to rid school systems of inadequate teachers. Their shortcomingings usually come to light quite quickly.
The teacher's union, of course, is advertising heavily against measures proposed on the schools by Gov. Arnold Schwarzegger, who made a promise to repay $2 billion he _borrowed" from the state budget for education, and then, conveniently, forgot he made the promise.
The late Gov. Edmund G. (Pat) Brown, by contrast boosted education. Schwarzenegger doesn't seem to have it as a particularly high priority.
However, the school bonds put on the ballot by the Los Angeles Unified School District are unneeded at the moment, since earlier bonds have not yut been expended. The Los Angeles Board of Education is getting greedy, and, for now, its latest bonds ought to be rejected.
The special election is really unnecessary and even undesirable, since it seeks a distorted electorate to pass often poorly-conceived measures by a partisan governor.
Two other measures on the ballot, Propositions 79 and 80, have uncertain consequences. While I'm not opposing them at this time, I'm not supporting them either.