Just as she did during the 2011 session, Sen. Jane Cunningham is trying to bring an end to teacher tenure. Now thanks to the redistricting commission appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon, a threat has been made to Sen. Cunningham's tenure.
Would you believe that tomorrow we are expected to put aside our own important work and honor teachers? That's right, we're supposed to drop everything and pay homage to those lazy, overpaid, 'we've-got-tenure-and-you-don't' incompetents.
Eliminating "tenure" may be politically popular, but eroding due process and the 'just cause' standard creates an environment where even good teachers can be fired just 'cause it serves some other interest.
In principle, all teachers should have academic freedom regardless of tenure status. But in the real world of education, the exercise of such freedom depends in large part on tenure. Thus students need teachers with tenure.
Except for that tornado experience, which has changed us and our schools forever, we are the same teachers who have been here year after year, doing the same thing that brought us into education -- helping children.
Recent efforts in statehouses around the United States to abolish public employees' and K-12 teachers' collective bargaining rights suggest that attacks on the tenure system in public higher education will not be far behind.
It might take a while for this gospel of term limits to spread across the country, but there is nothing to stop us from trying it. After all, we already have term limits for our legislators. And they're the best group of politicians money can buy.