It’s hard and costly enough to fire a tenured teacher in New Jersey for drug crimes or hitting students, says the Trenton Times. It’s impossible to fire teachers who are merely incompetent.
New Jersey law dictates that any school district can ask for state approval to fire an employee with tenure on charges of “inefficiency, incapacity, unbecoming conduct or other just cause.”
But a review of state records by The Times shows the chances of that happening to one of your child’s teachers . . . are virtually nil – regardless of how incompetent he or she might be.
In a state with 106,000 teachers and thousands more tenured employees, the state Department of Education has decided only 114 tenure cases in the past 7 1/2 years, records show.
Often districts cut a deal to get rid of bad apples cheaply — but without anything on the record to warn another district against hiring that teacher.