Teacher tenure is under attack from New Jersey to Idaho, reports Teacher Beat.
Tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has finally gone ahead and said that he wants to end teacher tenure in favor of five-year renewable teacher contracts, the Wall Street Journal reports. And In Idaho, state Superintendent Tom Luna has also advocated eliminating tenure and basing part of a teacher’s salary on performance, the Idaho Statesman reveals.
In doing so, both men join officials in Florida and Wyoming (along with former D.C. Chancellor Michelle Rhee) who also want to do away with tenure as it’s currently conceived.
Following the lead of Colorado and Delaware, Illinois officials propose linking tenure to student achievement and Utah leaders “hope to make it easier to dismiss teachers with several years of poor student growth,” Teacher Beat adds.
Budget cuts are the key factor, I think. Schools are laying off lots of teachers with no regard for their skills. Two eager, young teachers may have to be cut to pay for Mrs. Burnout’s salary? In a time of austerity, we can’t afford to keep ineffective teachers on the payroll.