Recruitment & Retention

UPDATED: NY State Quashes Tenure Discussion

By Stephen Sawchuk — April 22, 2009 1 min read

Remember that big hullabaloo in New York City last year when chancellor Joel I. Klein wanted to tie teacher-tenure decisions to student test-score growth? The union successfully lobbied the state legislature to prohibit the policy for two years while a study could be done on this data and its appropriateness for being included in these types of decisions.

Well, as it turns out, lawmakers aren’t even going to give the issue serious examination now, according to this AP story.

I have requests for comments out to the New York City Department of Education and to the United Federation of Teachers. Teacher Beat will keep you posted as to what they say.

UPDATE 1: “We don’t want to interfere with the Legislature’s prerogatives,” said David Cantor, a spokesman for the NYC DOE. “We have a good working relationship with the Legislature, and we look forward to future cooperation.”

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.