San Juan Unified is one of the California school districts making investments in its teacher evaluation system. The district adopted a System of Professional Growth in 2016 that focuses on feedback and mentoring of teachers who are being evaluated.
Strikes in low-paying states opened the public's eyes. In California, where teachers are among nation's highest paid – cost of living aside – Education Next's 2018 poll found more support for raising overall funding than teacher pay.
Only former L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa commits to taking on teacher tenure and seniority laws if elected governor. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says "crisis" of demoralized teachers is a more important issue.