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Teacher Tenure

How Not to Reform Teacher Tenure

Peter Greene | Posted 09.16.2014 | 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 09.12.2014 | 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 09.11.2014 | 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.

Teachers, Like Mr. Keating, Deserve Due Process, Support, and Our Respect

Bruce Lesley | Posted 08.22.2014 | Education
Bruce Lesley

Teachers can and do make a real difference in children's lives, and a real reform agenda would make investments in improving teacher quality. But we must not pretend that eliminating due process would improve teacher quality, that raising students' test scores is the sole solution or that teacher quality is the only educational obstacle facing students.

How Campbell Brown's Education Reform Group Will Anger Republicans

John A. Tures | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

While pro-Republican partisans seem to be exiting the fight, former members of the media, and key Democratic strategists connecting to Clinton and Obama, are leading the fight.

Campbell Brown's Education Reform Isn't Good for Children

Dale Hansen | Posted 08.19.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

Perhaps Brown would be interested in knowing that charter schools, non-union schools and schools without tenure protections actually don't outperform their counterparts.

Why We're Still Talking About Campbell Brown

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 08.14.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

As Albert Camus wrote, "Good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding." Whatever Ms. Brown's intentions are, they lack an understanding of both the current landscape of teaching in high-needs schools and of educational research. It's time to get some facts straight.

Joy Resmovits

One Of The Most Polarizing Figures In Education Is Leaving Her Job

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

UPDATE: Michelle Rhee confirmed The Huffington Post's Tuesday report about her departure from StudentsFirst in a blog post on the group's website, as ...

'The View' Hosts Apparently Want To Abolish Teacher Tenure

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

Hosts of "The View" caused a stir in the education world this week after sounding off on teacher tenure on Monday's show. As shown in the clip belo...

It's Not the Firing; It's the Threatening

Peter Greene | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Civilians need to understand -- the biggest problem with the destruction of tenure is not that a handful of teachers will lose their jobs, but that entire buildings full of teachers will lose the freedom to do their jobs well.

Teacher Tenure: Taking It to the Courts

Jessica Levinson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Education
Jessica Levinson

The question of how and whether public school teachers should be able to obtain job security, or phrased another way, how easy it should be to fire them, is not new.

The Misleading Argument That Blames Teacher Tenure

Arthur Goldstein | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Arthur Goldstein

In short, if you're a tenured teacher, you are an impediment to Excellence. The only way you can help children is by getting rid of your tenure, standing up straight and walking to Arne Duncan in Washington DC and saying, "Please sir, I want to be fired for any reason."

Field Guide to Anti-Teacher Trolls

Peter Greene | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The ongoing online debates about American public education have attracted all manner of commentator, from passionate defenders of traditional public education to dedicated reformsters. And, of course, teacher-bashing trolls.

The Vergara Era, Part 1: How We Got Here

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 09.15.2014 | Education
Ama Nyamekye

Whether you agree or disagree with the ruling that found several facets of California's education code in violation of equal protection, court cases like Vergara force us to have pointed conversations about education and justice.

Job Insecurity: The False Dilemma of Teacher Tenure

Larry Strauss | Posted 09.02.2014 | Education
Larry Strauss

Should we -- teachers, that is -- be fighting to maintain job protections for our colleagues whose incompetence is at best negligent and at worst abusive? How about we concede a baseline of quality in each classroom?

Poll: California Voters Losing Faith in Common Core

Emily Richmond | Posted 08.27.2014 | Education
Emily Richmond

The annual PACE/USC Rossier School of Education poll queried more than 1,000 Californians to gauge their views on a number of key issues, including the recent Vergara vs. California teacher tenure ruling and the job performance of state and national policymakers.

I'm a Teaching Veteran -- Not a Dinosaur

Nancy Barile | Posted 08.19.2014 | Education
Nancy Barile

What I want to know is: when did my age and length of teaching experience become the defining factor in my ability to teach?

But Aren't California's Tenure Policies Unreasonable? Answering Vergara Questions

Kevin Welner | Posted 08.19.2014 | Education
Kevin Welner

Yes, the Vergara plaintiff team has used lots of civil rights rhetoric, and the court leads its ruling with a quote from Brown v. Board. But if this is about civil rights, it's through a funhouse mirror.

California May Still Expand Teacher Tenure Despite Court Ruling

Reuters | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics

(adds result of vote) By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 18 (Reuters) - A union-backed bill in the California...

Yes, Virginia, There Are Bad Teachers

Peter Greene | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

"So I guess you just deny that there are any bad teachers at all." This is a popular retort to various forms of "Your system for evaluating teachers is a lousy system." It is a dumb retort. It is dumb in the same way the following exchanges are dumb.

Tenure: Education's Friend or Foe?

Dave Pruett | Posted 08.15.2014 | Education
Dave Pruett

A common public misperception is that tenure perpetuates mediocrity by permitting lifetime appointments for lackluster professors. In practice, the reverse is true: Tenure contributes to hiring the best and brightest.

The Vergara Decision May Have a Silver Lining

Kevin Welner | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Kevin Welner

The decision gives real teeth to the state's Constitution, and that could be a very good thing. It's those teeth that I find fascinating, since an approach like that used by the Vergara judge could put California courts in a very different role than we have thus far seen in the U.S.

The Real Lesson of Vergara

TNTP | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
TNTP

California and other states across the country should respond by making the best interests of students the guiding principle behind their education policies. They need to find a better balance between what teachers deserve and what students need.

Vergara v. California Decision: Teacher Tenure Is Not the Problem

Erin Simmeth | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Erin Simmeth

Lengthening the tenure decision process from two to three or even five years will not change the fact that our schools themselves, and the teachers they can afford to hire, vary wildly from district to district, often even from town to town.