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Teacher Tenure

Weighing Pros And Cons Of Teacher Seniority Lists

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Seniority permits security, but doesn't provide incentive, and we cannot allow that which is broken to remain sacrosanct when it serves one purpose well but fails in serving others.

The Future Of Unions

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 08.16.2012 | Education
Rev. Al Sharpton

When schools in certain neighborhoods do not receive the same amount of funding as others, nor are they equipped with the tools necessary to educate our young, we cannot scapegoat teachers.

Who's Kidding Who With These Reforms?

Rita M. Solnet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Rita M. Solnet

These particular initiatives will cause irreparable damage to the future of our children. Don't let this administration be remembered as the one that sacrificed children's futures to seek revenge on unions.

Education Policy: Letting Teachers in on the Conversation

Elizabeth Hampton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Elizabeth Hampton

Individuals who yield greatest influence on what happens in our schools are not actually in our schools. This schism causes a separation between what should happen and what does happen.

Two Options For Reforming Teacher Tenure Laws

TIME | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Education eyes were on Washington this week to see what President Obama would say about schools in his State of the Union address. But just as in 2010...

Ending Tenure May Not Be the Answer

Randy Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Randy Miller

Ironically, in the state that was the first in the country to pass legislation to establish teacher tenure in 1909, Governor Christie emphatically said "the time to eliminate teacher tenure is now."

How to Be Taken Seriously as a Reformer (Don't Be an Educator)

Gregory Michie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Gregory Michie

If you really want to understand what's going on in them and the direction we need to be headed, don't ask Bill Gates or the Business Roundtable. Ask a teacher.

New Jersey Governor: 'The Time To Eliminate Teacher Tenure Is Now'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

In New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie is taking a firm stance on education reform, hoping to put his state on track to be the national example of new...

New Book Takes Aim at Ed Reformers and Status Quo Defenders

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Justin Snider

Author Rick Hess argues that we aren't willing to start from scratch in our thinking about what it means to be a teacher in the 21st Century.

Fact-checking Waiting for 'Superman': Documentary or Urban Myth?

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Leonie Haimson

In the movie Waiting for "Superman", nominated for an Oscar as the best Documentary of 2010, the following statement is made: " Illinois, 1 in...

No Tenure for Bedbugs

Arthur Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Arthur Goldstein

I suggest before Cathie Black gets rid of teachers, she get rid of bedbugs and do so with extreme prejudice.

It's Time to Debate Teacher Tenure

John Merrow | Posted 09.14.2012 | Education
John Merrow

What's the right course of action? Get rid of tenure while maintaining due process protections? Make it more difficult to achieve? Or perhaps have term contracts for five or ten years at a clip?

School Reform's Greatest Challenge: Leadership

Steffen Thybo Moller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Steffen Thybo Moller

Instead of waiting for superman and playing the usual blaming games, true education reformers should begin by improving public school leadership.

The Magical Populism of Michelle Rhee

Jose Vilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jose Vilson

How she's been promoted as a students first education reform is definitely a work of prestidigitation and legerdemain. She'll defy examination and deceive you again.

Open Letter to Bill Gates

Peter Zucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Peter Zucker

I think it is time that Bill, and others of his ilk get, pardon the pun, schooled on tenure.

Making the Case for a New Direction on Teacher Evaluation

Mike Klonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mike Klonsky

What is presently being pawned off as a reform of teacher evaluation has little grounding in education research and makes for bad policy.

Cathie Black's Tenure Trap

Marc Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Marc Epstein

When there is evidence of bad public policy, you can safely assume that it took two parties working collaboratively to create the swamp.

Oklahoma Officials Debate Costly Teacher Firing Law

NewsOK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

It cost Purcell Public Schools about $80,000 and the better half of a year to fire a teacher who was later charged with lewd acts with a child. "We c...

Teaching Teachers a Better Way

Fred Belmont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Fred Belmont

Imagine the quality of America's teachers if we modeled teaching training after medical education. School districts would partner with colleges and universities similar to the way a teaching hospital works.

Education's Blockbuster Moment

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

As 2010 -- a year that might as well be known as "The Year of Education Reform" -- comes to a close, I feel like our field is facing its own series of Blockbuster moments.

Michelle Rhee: Merit Pay Key To Attracting Better Teachers

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

According to Michelle Rhee, the polarizing Washington DC Schools Chancellor who resigned earlier in the month, merit pay is the key to attracting high...

Teachers Unions and Shifting Winds

Bob Bowdon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Bob Bowdon

Teachers unions have actually acknowledged the need for a big national conference on education reform. Have they finally understood the shifting winds? Have they finally gotten a clue? Or is it a publicity stunt?

Waiting for Superman? How Does an "Ordinary" Teacher Become Extraordinary?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Susan Stiffelman

If we can identify what drives exceptional effort in the teaching profession and replicate that we'll accelerate the change that's so urgently needed in the education system.

Tenure is for Wimps: An Untenured Professor (re)Contemplates Life

Jason Schmitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jason Schmitt

I love having the ability to interact with my region -- but I can't do it for much longer. It is not physically possible to do what I do (to get a real livable salary) without a tenure track job.

Michelle Rhee Resigns: What's Next for D.C. Schools?

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

The next Mayor has pledged to review the dismissals of any teachers let go because of the economy, but it's unlikely that he will attempt to rehire those teachers Ms. Rhee dismissed for cause.