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Teacher Tenure

Republican Education Policy is Idiotic

Dale Hansen | Posted 08.19.2015 | Education
Dale Hansen

Titan of industry, Henry Ford, once said, "The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing." For an example of a group that has proven to ironically learn nothing from its past mistakes, one need look no further than the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Why I Can No Longer Teach In Public Education

Stephanie Keiles | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Stephanie Keiles

I am in tears because today I made one of the hardest decisions of my life: I resigned from my job as a public school teacher. A job I didn't want to leave -- but I had to. I will always be there to fight for public education. But I just can't teach in it.

Total Overhaul: Chicago School Board Changes Leadership And Borrows Millions

Reuters | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO, July 22 (Reuters) - The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday approved the sale of up to $1.16 billion of bonds for its cash-strapped sch...

Group Created By Silicon Valley Millionaire Targets Teacher Evaluations In California

ed | John Fensterwald | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of EdSource, where it was originally published. Students Matter, which is challenging tenure and other teacher prot...

Tenure and Student Success -- Is There a Connection?

Dr. Alan Kadish | Posted 07.14.2015 | Education
Dr. Alan Kadish

The mere mention of tenure evokes strong reactions. However, a more measured and data-driven approach is necessary. As Scott Walker moves into the national spotlight and this debate's scope is broadened, we all must remember that it is the needs of America's students that must be placed front and center.

Campbell Brown Launches Education News Site With An Agenda

The Huffington Post | Riley Griffin | Posted 07.13.2015 | Media

Former CNN and NBC News anchor Campbell Brown officially launched an online education news site on Monday as a way to "challenge the status quo" in Am...

The Supreme Court To Hear Case About Whether Teachers Have To Pay Unions

ed | John Fensterwald | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a lawsuit against the California Teachers Association that will determine whether teachers and other ...

Outraged UW-Madison Faculty Call For Full-Court Press On Tenure

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Posted 06.10.2015 | College

University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty members upset about what they consider to be a coordinated political assault on the UW System spent nearly tw...

The Tenure Conundrum

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Are elite college professors really overpaid? A few are, perhaps, but you have to ask: compared to whom? We've reached a point in this country where astronomical paydays are deemed acceptable as long as they occur in the private sector -- and merely decent earnings in the public sector are suspect.

This Is What It Takes To Get A Teacher Fired Around The Country

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

States around the country can't agree on what job protections teachers should be granted. Some states allow teachers to obtain tenure -- a tool that t...

The Museum of Educational History

Lee Kronert | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
Lee Kronert

The National Museum of Educational History located in Albany, New York has been a hotbed of public attention since its opening in January of 2035. The old timers still can't believe that they used to allow themselves to be pushed around like that back in the years of 2000-2020.

The Benefits of Lengthening the Tenure Process for California Public School Teachers

Teach Plus | Posted 03.28.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

By Camille Hommeyer For a teacher in the Los Angeles public school system, tenure is an incredibly important benefit. In an environment where budget...

A Letter to the Governor of New York

Lee Kronert | Posted 03.24.2015 | Education
Lee Kronert

The Governor of New York is hoping to eliminate tenure. Oh, I know the newspapers refer to it as an overhaul but he is really hoping to give the school districts the power to terminate the employment of any teacher and he plans to begin this process by the smokescreen of some new teacher evaluation system.

Activating the Power of Ideas

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Carnegie Corporation of New York

Stephen Del Rosso,Program Director, International Peace & Security This article is excerpted from The Carnegie Reporter Five bold initiatives br...

Time and Punishment: Why Teacher Voices Matter

Yohuru Williams | Posted 01.03.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

The publication of Time magazine's cover attacking teacher tenure also marked the one-year anniversary of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's infamous attack on New Jersey middle school teacher Melissa Tomlinson.

Where All the Teachers Are Above Aveage

Marc F. Bernstein | Posted 01.03.2015 | Education
Marc F. Bernstein

Unless we rethink administrative and teacher tenure, it will be difficult to accurately measure teacher or school accountability. Here are some suggestions for a better way forward.

The War on Teacher Tenure

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 12.31.2014 | Education
Esther Wojcicki

We need to make teachers feel respected and trusted. Articles like the recent Time Magazine cover story do just the opposite. It is an attack on the profession as a whole and thus makes all teachers defensive, which does not lead to the kind of education we want in our schools.

5 More Reasons Why a Teacher's Tenure Should Be Protected

Lee Kronert | Posted 12.30.2014 | Education
Lee Kronert

Not all administrators support their teaching staff. Just like in the real world, sometimes the boss doesn't like a few of his or her workers. And without that support in a climate which already is pointing at teachers as the main problem with education, things can get a mite sticky in a hurry.

Time After Time: Why Teachers Are So Frustrated With Time's 'Rotten Apples' Cover Story

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 12.27.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

The trope of the "bad teacher" continues to dominate the media and effectively obscures the systemic realities that teachers and students struggle with every day.

10 Reasons Why a Teacher's Right to Tenure Should Be Protected (Pt. 1)

Lee Kronert | Posted 12.21.2014 | Education
Lee Kronert

We are attacked by the news media as incompetent, over-paid whiners who refuse to work more than 10 months a year. Parents have license to yell at us, create rumors about us, and berate us in front of family, friends, and work associates. We need to be protected. We deserve tenure.

Why Teachers Weren't Invited to the Table

Peter Greene | Posted 11.30.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

This month has been declared New Conversation Month by reformsters. Teachers are being offered (in vaguely non-specific ways) some sort of seats at various tables. Unfortunately, this largesse underlines just how much teachers have not been included in conversations about public education.

How Not to Reform Teacher Tenure

Peter Greene | Posted 11.16.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

TNTP have decided to stake out a middle ground on the tenure wars, claiming that we don't need to eliminate it -- just fix it. And to that end, they have eight proposals to create "a more balanced system." It's all in this very fancy "paper," which I am now going to "respond to" in this "blog post."

Lies My Corporate Ed Reformers Told Me: The Truth About Teacher Tenure and the Civil Rights Movement

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.12.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

When so called "reformers" like Campbell Brown try to make the case that tenure extends teachers an unfair guarantee of employment unlike other public servants, she is more than stretching the truth.

Education Reform: Adding Insult to Injury

Peter Greene | Posted 11.11.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

It's not just the injuries that No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top and Waiverism (RttT Lite) have inflicted on education. It's the insults that have gone with them.

On the Road To Term 4, Jerry Brown Dispenses With Kashkari and Rolls With Arnold Schwarzenegger

William Bradley | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

After kicking off the fall campaign with his latest Labor Day weekend tour, Governor Jerry Brown ... wait. That didn't happen. I don't know what Jerry Brown did on Labor Day weekend, but it wasn't that.