CA Candidate for State Superintendent Gloria Romero – Will She Prevail?

June 7th, 2010 · 5 Comments

A pajarito sent me an e-mail that has been circulating among teachers in a school district in Ventura County, California about the race for California Superintendent of Public Instruction. State Senator Gloria Romero is one of the leading contenders for this job, and she has quite an impressive list of educational credentials, including a Ph.D. and experience teaching at Cal State Los Angeles. However, Romero is not endorsed by the powerful teacher’s union, the California Teacher’s Association (CTA). One of the reasons why she probably did not earn the endorsement is her position on teacher accountability. She believes that student achievement should be used as a factor in evaluating teachers for raises and renewed contracts, and she also is supportive of the charter school movement. Contrast this with the CTA endorsed candidate Assemblyman Tom Torlakson, who is heavily funded by the unions.

A local CTA president sent out an e-mail to teachers informing them that Gloria Romero is leading in their internal polling among teachers. Yes, that’s right, the non-CTA endorsed candidate is ahead according the the union research. This race is important because there are three strong candidates who are likely not going to win a majority, but Romero is making a strong showing thus far. CTA is one of the strongest unions in the state, but if it’s candidate does not advance, it could be an embarrassment.

Check out the e-mails (linked 1, 2, 3) that have caused concern in Ventura County and how the teacher union establishment is handling the possibility that Gloria Romero, the candidate that they did not back, may win tomorrow. This is a primer in how unions mobilize their base, but in this case, there seems to be a disconnect between who the leadership wants to see in the state superintendent role vs. the sentiment of the rank and file teachers.

Tags: CA State Senator Gloria Romero · Education

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 theKaiser // Jun 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Well… maybe her loud manner will push things in the right direction. She is after all, academically qualified. But even that didn’t prevent her from bursting a loud brainfart, when she came to the defense of Fabian Nunez’s homicidal cholito offspring. Then again there were a whole host of Big Latinos all brainfarting over that issue.

  • 2 El Cholo // Jun 8, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    That is so true…Gloria Romero is a screamer and a condescending individual, but all that education has probably elevated her awareness to the point she has become so intolerant of Queen Bees who spend their work hours watching telenovelas. This will be an interesting run, since Public Education here in California has hit a new low in its ability to teach and inform.

  • 3 Leadfolloworgetoutoftheway // Jun 9, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    From what I am reading in this article, it appears that Romero is one of those people that have been educated beyond their intelligence. Teaching at Cal State is much different than teaching in the public school classroom. Credentials don’t qualify a person (candidate) for a job. Actual experience doing the job of a public school educator is the experience and expertise that counts. You could hire the best engineer that is available, but I would not want that person to build the building. I want people who actually know what they are doing for that job. They are the best qualified!

  • 4 rickm // Jun 9, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Well, being a pretty influential member of “the powerful teacher’s union” allow me to make a few comments. There are very solid reasons for being against evaluating teachers using student test scores. As an illustration, let me use a hypothetical student named John. John comes from a poor family that’s moved around a lot. He’s in the third grade and is now on his 4th school. His parents don’t speak English and it’s not his first language. Needless to say, John doesn’t score very well on the state tests. If teachers are evaluated based on how their students do on that test, what teacher is going to want John? The reality is, though, John really needs a good teacher. In fact he needs several good teachers. He needs the teacher whose class he goes into to start the day. He needs the teacher who he goes to for reading, because at good schools teachers regroup kids off during the day based on what they need. He also needs the teacher he goes to for extra help both during the school day, and after school (assuming his school has any money for that right now). I ask you, which teacher is going to get “credit” for how he does on the state test on their evaluation? Good schools work this way, where everyone takes responsibility for every student. That won’t happen if teachers are evaluated (heaven help us if merit pay comes into it as well) on test scores. “The powerful teacher’s union” opposed Gloria Romero for two reasons, the most important of which is her policies are bad for kids. The second is that our members, when they know what Gloria Romero stands for, oppose her as well because teachers know the pitfalls of evaluations and pay based on test scores. Fortunately, as I write this, the election results are known and Romero finished 3rd. California, and more importantly, California’s kids are better for it.

  • 5 Phill Lombardo // Jun 17, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Gloria Romero would like to hold public teachers accountable based on student test scores. Nationwide, students who attend charter schools do not do as well on tests as students who attend public schools. (New York Time, May 2010). Charter schools are failing. Nevertheless, Gloria Romero would like to establish more charter schools in California. The reason why is because of the Anglo billionaires (Fisher, Poizner, etc.) who founded Ed Voice and contribute to Gloria’s political endeavors. The true purpose of the charter school movement is to segregate Latinos and blacks. Find out for yourself who is enrolled in charter schools and you’ll see what I mean.

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