Governors, mayors target teacher tenure

Republican governors in Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Nevada and New Jersey are trying to dismantle teachers’ tenure protections, reports the New York Times. Democratic mayors, such as Cory A. Booker in Newark and Antonio R. Villaraigosa in Los Angeles, also want to make it easier to fire ineffective teachers.

Michelle Rhee‘s new advocacy group, Students First, is campaigning against tenure. Even the teachers’ unions claim they’re open to reform, reports the Times.”The American Federation of Teachers endorsed a sweeping law in Colorado last year that lets administrators remove even tenured teachers who are consistently rated as ineffective.”

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  1. I never liked due process anyway…

  2. Roger Sweeny says:

    No divorce without due process! Anyone wanting to divorce should be required to keep a record at least a year long of what the other party has done wrong. The divorcing party should be required to give the other party chances to improve, which should also be documented. Divorce should only be granted after evidence is presented at a hearing–and if the divorce is granted, the other party should have the right to appeal.

    We don’t have enough due process!

  3. > I never liked due process anyway…

    I’ve never liked sinecures.

  4. Tenure is a minor problem in a competitive market in services. If a producer commits his firm to retaining unproductive employees, his costs rise, product quality drops, and other firms gain customers. In a State-monopoly system, tenure reform, like other accountability measures, will succumb to undermining by system insiders, as Axelrod’s __The Evolution of Cooperation__ makes clear.

  5. I’d rather keep tenure and drop the unions…

  6. Michael E. Lopez says:

    The problem isn’t a lack of competition among teachers, but among schools.

  7. As long as due process remains, it shouldn’t be a problem. It will probably just increase union membership in right to work states like Colorado. And due process must protect against the idea that administrators are all competent and able to truly identify effective teachers.