Friday, March 11, 2011

Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark: Teacher Tenure is poisonous

Teacher tenure, as it currently exists, has become an obstacle to attracting talented educators to our public schools. If we are to truly improve our public education system, we must set a new standard for tenure that prizes effectiveness above all else.

Simply eliminating teacher tenure isn't the answer. The problem isn't just that teachers are given lifetime job protection; it's that teachers are treated like widgets of identical value and quality when they're not. Some teach in high-need schools and ought to get pay that reflects that. Some do a fantastic job and ought to get pay that reflects that.

And some aren't measuring up - and ought to find another line of work.