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“Teacher Turnover, Tenure Policies, and the Distribution of Teacher Quality”

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A report from a Washington-based think tank criticizes teacher-tenure policies for, it says, keeping effective teachers out of the most disadvantaged schools.

Issued by the Center for American Progress, the report calls on policymakers to reconsider whether tenure is working in students’ best interests.

The authors say that in most districts, tenure is not a rigorous bar for teachers to clear. Because tenure status is unrelated to classroom performance, the authors argue, a gross mismatch exists between the costs of granting a teacher tenure and the level of seriousness that goes into that decision.

Over the past two decades, states such as Connecticut, Michigan, and South Dakota have tinkered with tenure policies, increased probationary periods, and streamlined due-process procedures. Others, including Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Texas, and Utah, have replaced tenure with renewable contracts, the report says.

Vol. 28, Issue 15, Page 5

Published in Print: December 10, 2008, as Teacher Tenure
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