NJ Gov. Chris Christie wants to end teacher tenure!! Fire the shitty teachers!!
In Ohio, calls for reform were stoked most recently by a case in Mount Vernon, where the school board had to spend about two years and $900,000 to fire a teacher who had burned the image of a cross into students’ arms, the Associated Press reports. The state has already extended the amount of time people have to teach before earning tenure to seven years, but further changes may be considered this year.
In most states, teachers can earn tenure after three to five years on the job.
The major teachers unions agree that it shouldn’t be so difficult for districts to remove bad teachers, but for every horror story along those lines, they say they can offer one about someone being fired for the wrong reasons. What needs strengthening, they say, is the whole continuum of recruitment, preparation, and evaluation.
“If the biggest problem, as some of these critics say, is that we have too many incompetent teachers and it needs to be easier to fire them, I would suggest their hiring and evaluation system is broken,” says Dennis van Roekel, president of the National Education Association.
In Finland, one of the top-performing countries educationally, Mr. Van Roekel notes that there’s no debate about getting rid of bad teachers because the bar is set so high at the start for people to become teachers. They are recruited from among top high school students, earn master’s degrees, and prove their teaching skills before being hired.