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Teacher Tenure

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...

Conn. Legislative Session Opens: Public Schools Overhaul Means More Programs, Funding

AP | By SUSAN HAIGH | Posted 02.08.2012 | Education

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called on state lawmakers Wednesday to help him create an economic revival in Connecticut, creating more jobs...

Tenure Rights Weaken As States Look To Fire Teachers Who Aren't Performing

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON — America's public school teachers are seeing their generations-old tenure protections weakened as states seek flexibility to fire te...

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.

Tenure: Use It or Lose It

Thomas Fisher | Posted 10.17.2011 | Education
Thomas Fisher

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.

Joy Resmovits

Charters, Choice, Teacher Quality: What The American Public Wants In Its Schools | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.16.2011 | Education

During a year of turmoil, layoffs and wrangling over the hiring and firing of teachers, American appreciation for teachers reached an all-time high --...

Myles Miller

Fewer Teachers Get Tenure In New York City Schools | Myles Miller | Posted 09.26.2011 | Education

New York City principals have rooted out their worst teachers as tenure numbers dipped to new lows. Only 58 percent of eligible teachers were grant...

New Law Links Student Progress To Teacher Tenure

Posted 09.19.2011 | Education

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a teacher tenure reform bill into law Tuesday, overhauling teacher performance evaluations by tying it to student ach...

Snatching Defeat From the Mouth of Victory

Richard Lee Colvin | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education
Richard Lee Colvin

"Let's take the politics out of education." In my many years observing and writing about American education I've probably heard variants of that phrase hundreds of times. It's naïve, of course.

States Keep Pushing For Tougher Teacher Policies

Education Week | Liana Heitin | Posted 09.11.2011 | Education

As the majority of legislative sessions around the country come to a close, many states will finish the season having pushed through policy changes th...

The Time for Term Limits for Teachers Is Now

Randy Turner | Posted 08.30.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

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.

Joy Resmovits

Ohio, Idaho Look To Repeal Education Reforms | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.17.2011 | Education

Two states are pushing back against new education reforms by putting recently passed laws up for popular vote. We Are Ohio, a volunteer group of pu...