Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should teachers get tenure?"
"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.
We desperately need a new system that rewards the best teachers, provides development and support to help every teacher grow and improve and ultimately removes those who are consistently ineffective from the classroom."
"Teacher Tenure Is Poisonous," www.nydailynews.com, Mar. 10, 2011
Experts Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to teacher tenure; top-level federal and state government officials with significant involvement in tenure-related issues. [Note: Key Experts definition varies by sites that have this designation.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, July 1, 2006-present
Recipient, Sarah Brady Visionary Award, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Dec. 2009
Star of Sundance Channel's documentary series Brick City, 2009-present
Founder, Newark Now, 2002
Central Ward Council Member, Newark City Council, 1998–2002
Member, Board of Advisors, Democrats for Education Reform
Member, Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition
Member, Board of Trustees, Teachers College, Columbia University
Former member, Executive Committee, Yale Law School
Former member, Board of Trustees, Stanford University
Former Staff Attorney, Urban Justice Center in Newark
Former Senior Fellow, Rutgers University's Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Former Partner, Booker, Rabinowitz, Trenk, Tully, Lubetkin, DiPasquale and Webster
JD, Yale Law School, 1997
BA, Modern History as Rhodes Scholar, The Queen's College (Oxford, England), 1994