More states aim to reform teacher tenure
Yesterday's New York Times features a key component of the StudentsFirst agenda—reforming teacher tenure laws. Teachers should be treated like professionals, paid well, evaluated fairly, given quality feedback, and given access to professional development. Teachers should be removed from the classroom if they perform poorly. In many states, districts have to keep ineffective teachers because of tenure rules, doing a huge disservice to our children.
Specifically, governors in Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Nevada and New Jersey have recently called for the elimination of tenure. Not coincidentally, StudentsFirst is working closely with several of these governors to ensure that when state legislatures meet later this spring, tenure reform bills gain not only momentum, but passage.
While these particular governors happen to be Republican, the article points out that the issue has widespread, bipartisan support.
“There’s a willingness to confront these issues that has never before been in play," said Michelle Rhee in the article.
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