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State of California November 8, 2005 Election
Proposition 74
Public School Teachers. Waiting Period for Permanent Status. Dismissal
State of California

Initiative Statute - Majority Approval Required

Fail: 3,450,331 / 44.9% Yes votes ...... 4,241,972 / 55.1% No votes

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Results as of Nov 23 4:01pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (17726/17726)
Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |

Should the probationary period for public school teachers be increased from two to five years, and should the process by which school boards can dismiss a permanent certificated employee be modified?

Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
Increases probationary period for public school teachers from two to five years. Modifies the process by which school boards can dismiss a teaching employee who receives two consecutive unsatisfactory performance evaluations.

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
Unknown net effect on school districts' costs for teacher compensation, performance evaluations, and other activities. Impact would vary significantly by district and depend largely on future district personnel actions.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote on this measure means:
The probationary period for new teachers would be extended from two to five years, and school districts could dismiss permanent teachers who received two consecutive unsatisfactory performance evaluations using a modified dismissal process.

A NO vote on this measure means:
The probationary period for new teachers would remain two years, and no changes would be made to the dismissal process for permanent teachers.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 74:
Proposition 74 is Real Education Reform--ensuring our children have high-quality teachers. YES on 74 changes tenure eligibility from 2 years to 5 years. YES on 74 rewards good teachers, but weeds out problem teachers. YES on 74--Improve education, ensure our children get the best possible teachers.

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Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 74:
Prop. 74 won't improve student achievement, punishes hardworking teachers, and ignores our schools' real problems. California's teachers can be and are fired. They're not guaranteed a life-time job, just a hearing before dismissal
--this initiative revokes that right for many. Prop. 74 discourages recruitment of quality teachers we desperately need.

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 74:
Governor Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team
310 Main Street, Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Contact AGAINST Proposition 74:
Andrea Landis No on 74, a Coalition of Teachers and School Board Members for Quality Teaching and Learning
1510 J Street, Suite 210
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7817

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