K12NN Action: Decline to Sign Rhee’s Attack on Teacher Seniority (Ballot Initiative)

K12NN Action: Decline to Sign Rhee’s Attack on Teacher Seniority (Ballot Initiative)


Newsflash from the December 18, 2013 Sacramento Bee:

A ballot measure submitted by a political consultant for education advocate Michelle Rhee seeks to remove seniority as a factor when California school districts lay off teachers, requiring that they instead base decisions on performance ratings. Performance, under the proposal, would be determined in part based on student test scores.

Why the general public needs to DECLINE TO SIGN this deceptive ballot initiative, and disqualify “The High Quality Teachers Act of 2014 (HQTA)”

  • we need to put days of budget cuts and mass teacher layoffs behind us. We have a teacher shortage and we need more experienced teachers in classrooms, not less.
  • we need teachers with seniority to mentor ones that have just entered the profession. This ballot initiative would pit new teachers against experienced ones.
  • we need to focus on devoting more resources to ensure parents’ REAL priorities are met: all kids get small class sizes, arts and music in the school day, languages, updated computer labs, and so on.
  • testing companies never designed student standardized tests to measure teacher effectiveness and we shouldn’t start misusing tests now. “Value-added” is junk science and even Microsoft stopped using this discredited method on their employees.


Let’s deny this ballot initiative a chance at the ballot. Every ballot initiative must receive several hundred thousand qualifying signatures before it can be voted on. Paid signature-gatherers will be at public places trying to get the needed number to put HQTA up for a vote in November, 2014.

You can nip this in the bud by denying the petition gatherers your signature and telling others to DECLINE TO SIGN HQTA.

Take our pledge to STAND WITH TEACHERS & DECLINE TO SIGN, and tell others to withhold their signatures from Rhee’s ballot initiative too! Use the Facebook and Twitter buttons to spread word. This ballot initiative is too flawed to waste voters’ time and money on. Keep HQTA off the ballot in 2014.

Decline to Sign: Deny Rhee Attacks on Teacher Seniority in the "High Quality Teachers" Ballot Initiative


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98Lisa Spigai-PerezJan 08, 2014
97Roberta EidmanJan 06, 2014
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85Betty ForresterJan 05, 2014
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83Fredrick BertzJan 05, 2014
82Howard BarnesJan 05, 2014
81Debbie ClarkJan 04, 2014
80Michelle BakerJan 04, 2014
79Trish GorhamJan 04, 2014
78Suzanne FauriaJan 04, 2014
77Young ChanJan 04, 2014
76Kelly FleagleJan 04, 2014
75Steve ShreyJan 04, 2014
74Dave ZirkleJan 04, 2014
73Sally HickmanJan 04, 2014
72Elaine IbarraJan 04, 2014
71Annette TartagliaJan 04, 2014
70Lindy CavnessJan 04, 2014
69Craig JohnsonJan 04, 2014
68Paul NotoJan 04, 2014
67David LyellJan 04, 2014
66Michele OliverJan 04, 2014
65Elizabeth LeonJan 04, 2014
64Elvia SilvaJan 04, 2014
63Robert BattenJan 04, 2014
62Carol TensenJan 04, 2014
61Michele HuestiesJan 04, 2014
60Trudy Goodwin-BarnesJan 04, 2014
59Terry GwiltJan 04, 2014
58Lorraine GomezJan 04, 2014
57Alicia FelicianoJan 04, 2014
56Dorothy Theodore Jan 04, 2014
55Todd FinlayJan 04, 2014
54Mary HillJan 04, 2014
53Diana WilkinsonJan 04, 2014
52Susan TownsendJan 04, 2014


I'm Cynthia Liu, Owner/Founder of K12 News Network. I'm the proud product of public schools through post-grad, the mom of a child in public schools, and the daughter of two teachers. Connect with me professionally on LinkedIn.

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