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Teacher Tenure

How Important Is Getting Rid of Tenure to the Improvement of Public K-12 Education?

Quora | Posted 11.20.2012 | Education

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Matt Johnson, Teacher of Physics, Fighter of Fallacies Okay, so here's the key thing for everyone t...

More Independents Favor Republican Education Views, Survey Shows

Posted 09.20.2012 | Education

Political independents tend to side more with Republicans than Democrats when it comes to educational issues, a nationally representative survey by th...

Schools Aren't Factories

Michael Peppard | Posted 11.17.2012 | Education
Michael Peppard

The current strike by Chicago's teachers has again brought to national attention the long-running debate about the role of standardized testing in the evaluation of the quality of teachers.

Chicago Teachers Go to Bat -- and Take a Hit -- for Their Students

Elaine Weiss | Posted 11.14.2012 | Education
Elaine Weiss

What are the teachers worried about, to the point where they are risking not only their jobs, but their reputations? A host of popular but troubling policies -- and underlying assumptions -- that might finally get the in-depth public discussion that has been too long neglected.

Duncan: 'No Simple Answer' To Student Debt

Posted 08.24.2012 | Education

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was recently interviewed by “Bloomberg EDU” host Jane Stoddard Williams for a segment that will air Friday at 1...

New Tenure Laws Make Good Sense

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 10.16.2012 | Education
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's approval this month of new teacher tenure legislation should be applauded -- especially by student from poor backgrounds. I was once that student.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Wayne State Faculty: University Administration Trying To Do Away With Tenure | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.23.2012 | Detroit

As negotiators work to meet a rapidly approaching deadline for Wayne State University faculty contracts, union representatives claim that a proposal o...

Educating for Democracy: Tenure Isn't the Problem, Poverty Is

Joel Shatzky | Posted 09.09.2012 | Education
Joel Shatzky

Without the minimal protection of tenure, the teaching profession will become even more unattractive to the very cohort of bright, young students that are so desperately needed in the future to educate our children.

Teachers Set To Sue DPS Over Tenure Policy

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 05.25.2012 | Detroit

The Detroit Federation of Teachers announced Friday morning that the union is preparing a "monumental" lawsuit against Detroit Public Schools that cou...

Tea Partiers and Teachers Unions Could Unite to Defend Local Control in Louisiana

Fred Bauer | Posted 05.28.2012 | Education
Fred Bauer

In the days ahead, perhaps Louisiana will witness the unlikeliest of odd couples: teachers unions and Tea Partiers coming together to defend the tradition of local governance.

Joy Resmovits

What Do Teachers Think About Education Reform? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education

Revamping the makeup of the teaching profession through tweaks such as altering tenure and teacher evaluations has become a policy debate du jour, one...

Virginia Teachers Hold 'Wake' In Light Of Bill

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 03.02.2012 | Education

In opposition of a bill the state Senate is considering -- which would "phase out" systems like tenure and make it easier for teachers to be dismissed...

Teacher Tenure Foe Shows Hypocrisy When Her Job Is Threatened

Randy Turner | Posted 04.30.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

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.

Teachers In Atlanta Cheating Scandal Could Get Contract Renewals

Posted 02.20.2012 | Education

Atlanta Public Schools may be forced to renew the contracts of 90 tenured teachers implicated in one of the nation's largest cheating scandals because...

Billionaire Links KKK With Public Education

Randy Turner | Posted 04.13.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

In the middle of a speech in which he demanded an end to teacher tenure, retired billionaire Rex Sinquefield unleashed the following bombshell: The K...

Proposed Constitutional Amendment Would Eliminate Tenure in Missouri

Randy Turner | Posted 03.19.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

I could be fired tomorrow. That is not a prediction, (I'm keeping my fingers crossed) but a simple statement of fact.

Honoring Teachers -- Again?

John Merrow | Posted 12.04.2011 | Education
John Merrow

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.

Judge Upholds Idaho Students Come First Laws

Posted 12.03.2011 | Education

In a ruling last week, Idaho Judge Timothy Hansen ruled in favor of a series of laws that localized administrative power, phased out teacher tenure an...

Just Cause, or "Just 'Cause"?

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 11.30.2011 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

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.

New Evaluation System Forces Out 34 Teachers

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 11.13.2011 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. New Haven, CT -- New Haven's new method of grading teachers spurred low performers to imp...

Joy Resmovits

Duncan's Bus Tour Ends In Chicago Amid Union Lawsuit | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.09.2011 | Education

CHICAGO -- Stopping in areas notorious for volatile labor relations this year, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wrapped up his Great Lakes bus ...

Bring Teachers' Pay Into This Century

Sen. Michael Bennet | Posted 11.01.2011 | Education
Sen. Michael Bennet

When women had to choose between becoming teachers or nurses, we could convince them to teach Julius Caesar for 30 years with a small salary. Not anymore.

State Representative Resigns, Drops Campaign Plans To Join StudentsFirst

Posted 10.31.2011 | Education

Michigan Democratic state Rep. Tim Melton is leaving office and moving to California to join Michelle Rhee's education reform group StudentsFirst. ...

Students Need Teachers With Tenure

David Moshman | Posted 10.31.2011 | Education
David Moshman

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.

It Shouldn't Take a Tornado for Teachers to be Appreciated

Randy Turner | Posted 10.21.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

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.