Strunk among experts to speak at UC Berkeley on panel about Vergara vs. California

Dr. Katharine Strunk

Dr. Katharine Strunk

Will the Vergara decision make a difference for students? That is the question experts hope to answer this Wednesday, Oct. 29, when they gather for a public forum on the subject at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. Katharine Strunk, Associate Professor of Education and Policy at USC Rossier, joins other panelists at the event co-sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education and PACE, Policy Analysis for California Education.

Strunk has emerged as an international expert on the landmark decision, which came down in June and struck down several key teacher job protections and found that such rules had an adverse impact on high-need students. Strunk’s ongoing research in teacher unions, the teacher labor market, K–12 policy and accountability has been recognized and cited as the case is debated across the country.

At the Berkeley forum, Strunk will join three other panelists to explore how the Vergara decision can engage Californians in a broader discussion about what we can do beyond changing the rules governing tenure and dismissal to improve the quality of teaching for all of the state’s young people. Other panelists include Na’ilah Suad Nasir, Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley; Linda Darling-Hammond, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University; and William Koski, Stanford Law School.

A second panel of four experts will take a look at the challenges of being a teacher in these times and what it takes to draw strong candidates into teaching.

The forum—titled “Vergara vs. California: Will It Make a Difference for Students?”—will be moderated by John Merrow, a contributor to the PBS NewsHour.