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Teacher Tenure- Final Lesson

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Katie Trchka

on 15 May 2013

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Transcript of Teacher Tenure- Final Lesson

Allows a teacher
to teach potentially
controversial material Tenure process
allows a 4 year trial
for administration Creates difficulties in
tenured teachers Creates complacency, as
teachers know they are
unlikely to lose their jobs Pros and Cons of Tenure Katie Trchka What is Tenure? Status given to a teacher
after a probationary period
that grants protection from
arbitrary dismissal;

Typical conception:
Continuous or permanent
employment When did tenure start? In the late 1800s, parallel to labor struggles.

Prior to tenure, schools fired teachers when
political parties changed.
Female teachers were fired for getting pregnant
or wearing pants. What is the process
of getting tenure? Once hired, a teacher is observed
3-6 times a year

Participates in professional development
courses with the district

Student surveys are utilized After a time period of usually
4 years, administration decides
whether or not to give the teacher
tenure- a "permanent position" What do you
already know? PRO CON Prevents administration
from firing experienced
teachers in favor of hiring less expensive
teachers Teachers can't be fired
for political, personal,
or non-work related
reasons Promise of job security
attracts teachers to the
profession, as weekly earnings are usually 15% lower than fields
requiring the same level of education Academic freedom
and opportunities
to try new techniques Removes incentives for
teachers to improve teaching
or put in more than what is
required Charges are filed;
months of evaluations, hearings, and appeals;
districts pay $1000s more for paid leave and substitute teachers Makes seniority the main factor
in dismissal decisions, rather than quality of teaching

Maintains "last hired, first fired" mentality Prevents schools
from being fiscally
flexible Reduces control by the
administration Alternatives In Washington DC, tenure and seniority eliminated

Teach for America alumna have proposed a deal where teachers can earn as much as $130,000 a year if they give up right to tenure Washington, Ohio, and Maryland
have extended the probationary period
before teachers are eligible for tenure Some districts have
resorted to separation
agreements (buyouts
to get teacher to leave jobs) Tenure is nothing more than a
legal commitment by state and
negotiated union contracts;
not a guarantee of
employment for life Outdated

Labor laws against
discrimination and
and other employer
abuses exist now Faculty with little
turnover, fewer new
ideas Post-tenure reviews
to hold faculty
accountable Oregon abolished tenure
and instead have 2-year
renewable contracts and
rehabilitation programs
for underachieving teachers 2.3 million public school teachers
have tenure in the U.S. Questions?
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