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Tenure

Rotten Apples? It May Be the Principal of the Thing

Randy Turner | Posted 11.03.2014 | Education
Randy Turner

To far too many of those who are making the decisions in our nation's schools, teachers are interchangeable parts; one is just as good as another. If they weren't smart enough to get out of the classroom and get into a higher paying job, they deserve whatever they get.

Let's Talk About Teacher Retention, Not Tenure

Peter Greene | Posted 10.30.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Everything -- everything -- tells us that if our goal really is to put a great teacher in every classroom, reformsters, educational thought leaders, and rich unelected amateurs who somehow get to set education policy are going about it exactly backwards. The attacks on tenure are literally the exact opposite of what is needed.

5 More Reasons Why a Teacher's Tenure Should Be Protected

Lee Kronert | Posted 10.30.2014 | Education
Lee Kronert

Not all administrators support their teaching staff. Just like in the real world, sometimes the boss doesn't like a few of his or her workers. And without that support in a climate which already is pointing at teachers as the main problem with education, things can get a mite sticky in a hurry.

A Teacher's View on Tenure Reform

TNTP | Posted 12.07.2014 | Education
TNTP

For most teachers I know, the debate is personal -- not just because it's about our jobs, but because as teachers who are always striving to do our best work for our students, we want and need to be surrounded by colleagues who help each other by doing excellent work, too.

Lies My Corporate Ed Reformers Told Me: The Truth About Teacher Tenure and the Civil Rights Movement

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.12.2014 | 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.

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

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.19.2014 | 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.

The Misleading Argument That Blames Teacher Tenure

Arthur Goldstein | Posted 09.28.2014 | 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."

Education Reform Is Awful and Supporters Know It

Dale Hansen | Posted 09.28.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

At the top of many education reformers' wish list is expanding charter schools to give students a choice. The total number of charter schools currently competing with Grosse Pointe and Birmingham public schools is zero.

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?

Ending Teacher Tenure Could Cause More Problems Than It Solves

Dale Hansen | Posted 08.31.2014 | Education
Dale Hansen

While attempting to give all students access to a high quality of education is an admirable goal, Judge Treu appears to be living in an information vacuum since the data on tenure and retention of bad teachers are hardly as definitive and causational as he seems to believe it is.

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.

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.

Bad Bills Hamper Teacher Effectiveness

Dale Hansen | Posted 08.05.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

Educators are more than happy to take personal responsibility for their actions. What they aren't willing to do is take the fall for the failure of legislators and parents which is exactly what this legislation makes them do.

Should Teachers Stop Fighting for Tenure?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 08.04.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

One of the most contested points of teacher contracts is the issue of tenure. Hardline education reformers argue that tenure protects underperforming ...

Memo to Principals: C-O-A-C-H is a Five Letter Word

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 05.14.2014 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

I have routinely encountered hesitancy amongst school leaders to pursue relationships with coaches and/or to attend robust, sustained leadership seminars and trainings.

Does She Work Hard for the Money?

Kate Blanchard | Posted 04.21.2014 | College
Kate Blanchard

An adjunct instructor at my institution who teaches five courses, earns an annual total of $17,700 ($3,540 per course). If she teaches 15 hours per we...

A Moral Dilemma for Academia: Dignity for Adjuncts

Robert Fuller | Posted 04.08.2014 | College
Robert Fuller

What began as part-time teaching to meet a temporary need or plug a gap in the curriculum has evolved into systemic institutional injustice. The extent of the exploitation of adjuncts is inconsistent with both academic and American values.

Why Tenure Matters

Michael Jinkins | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
Michael Jinkins

The dramatic countryside of Northeastern Scotland along the craggy banks of the Don River, a wild stream that tumbles from the Highlands to the North ...

Vergara v. California: Marching Toward a Dream Still Denied

Marcellus Antonio McRae | Posted 11.11.2013 | Los Angeles
Marcellus Antonio McRae

Growing up in Los Angeles, I was greatly blessed to have teachers who had a profound commitment to quality instruction, an appreciation for the impact they would have on my life, and the skill to challenge me to raise and strive to realize my expectations. Not all children are so lucky.

Broken Education, Flawless Health Care: A Republican Fallacy

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Dale Hansen

While Republicans seem willing to make drastic changes to education using the power of the government, they apparently feel differently regarding our supposedly broken health care system.

Sylvia Ann Hewlett: The Sponsorship Secret

Sylvia Ann Hewlett | Posted 10.24.2013 | Women
Sylvia Ann Hewlett

There's a reason that the face of the conventional model of business success is still a white man. It's not that white men boast better leadership skills or management savvy or customer smarts. It's that they have better connections. In a word, they have sponsors.

Blame and Punishment: When Mea Culpas Are Simply Not Sufficient

Jay Halfond | Posted 07.30.2013 | College
Jay Halfond

The recent Internal Revenue Services targeting of the Tea Party implicated many -- where the lines of responsibility are fuzzy and perhaps even arbitrary. And just this past week, the dean of Harvard College resigned amidst a scandal-within-a-scandal.

Ed Today: Teacher Tenure Targeted In North Carolina; Few Options For New Orleans Kids In Failing Schools

Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

North Carolina Bill Targets Teachers A top North Carolina lawmaker has introduced several education reform measures du jour -- including one that would end tenure -- reports the News & Observer. "Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger on Tuesday unveiled what he called the second round of education reforms aimed at holding schools and teachers more accountable for students' progress - including ending tenure and grading entire schools," the N & O reports. Last year, he introduced the same bill. But this time around, Republicans hold a veto-proof majority, so one never knows.

What Is It Like To Be Denied Tenure as a Professor?

Quora | Posted 05.14.2013 | College
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Pablo Pomposiello, Biotechnologist The short answer: I was denied tenure at the University o...