Thursday, April 29, 2010

Teacher tenure under attack

A brief informational on the "attack" on teacher tenure courtesy of NPR. I'm all for due process, except when the costs of that due process is a dilution of the teaching profession and thousands, or rather hundreds of thousands of dollars, for each ineffective teacher that is dismissed. These are resources that can't be recovered and could be used to help teachers who are effective, or could be effective with a few more available resources. There should be ways to expedite the process of dismissal in extreme cases. For instance, if a teacher is chronically late for work, or if a teacher refuses to write an instruction objective for a lesson, they should be streamlined for dismissal. These "red flags" could expedite the dismissal process, and save thousands of tax-payer dollars. Extending the path to tenure to three years is not a bad idea either.

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