"The job protections and due process of tenure were first put into place more than 70 years ago because teachers and school employees were routinely fired for personal and political reasons. The tenure law changed that, basing personnel decisions on educational factors and providing a strong system of review by a neutral third party.
The proposed bills would eliminate these basic principles and remove all checks and balances on school boards and administrators, making them wholly unaccountable for their actions.
Proponents of this radical legislation complain that the current system makes it too difficult to fire bad tenured teachers.
The fact is, bad tenured teachers get fired all the time, as well they should. Teachers are evaluated more than most professions, and the system provides ample opportunity to remove bad teachers…
When administrators do their job, follow the rules, and use common sense, the system works and bad teachers are dismissed. Now, bill proponents demand a system with no rules and no accountability."
"Alabama Voices: No Protection," www.montgomeryadvertiser.com, May 14, 2011