Outside Counsel to the Georgia Association of Educators
Pro to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"
"Of the 50 states in the United States, 49 have some form of teacher tenure, or 'fair dismissal laws' protecting teachers from arbitrary firings. Most of these states clearly outrank Georgia on student testing and achievement in multiple categories. These states have no problem outshining Georgia on educational measures while also requiring administrators to justify the firing of public schoolteachers. Clearly, tenure laws are not holding back other states from achieving education reform or student progress and achievement. (In fact, Mississippi is the only state that has no statutory protections providing a due process hearing for teachers. Mississippi ranks lowest in most educational measures).
How can anyone object to requiring an administrator 'to have a good reason' for firing a public schoolteacher? Isn't this simply holding the administrator responsible for sound educational judgment?...
While educational systems can and should be constantly improved, its disingenuous to suggest that tenure has held education back…
Fair dismissal is not about protecting bad teachers. The solution to the problem of the 'bad' teacher is not the abolition of a fair hearing for all teachers. The hearing process protects good teachers from arbitrary, retaliatory, political, and discriminatory actions. We should all support that goal."
"Good Reasons to Save Teacher Tenure," www.gae2.org, Nov. 18, 2009
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:
Of Counsel, Buckley Beal, 2014-present
Outside Counsel, Georgia Association of Educators, 2007-present
Of Counsel, Buckley & Klein, LLP, Apr. 2010-2014
General Counsel, Georgia Association of Educators, 1985-1992, 1998-2007
Counsel, Fulton County Employees Retirement System
Counsel, Housing Authority for the City of Atlanta
Counsel, Service Employees International Union
Counsel, Mail Handlers Local 310
Counsel, Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs
Attorney, Clements & Sweet, PC, June 2008-Apr.2010
Consultant, Intellectual Property and Investment, Qivliq, Apr. 2008-present
Treasurer, GreenLaw, Inc., 2003-present
Board Member, GreenLaw, Inc., 1998-present
Founding and Managing Partner, Kramer & Patel, LLC, May 1997-June 2008
Partner, Zimring & Ellin, PC, May 1992-Apr. 1997
In-house General Counsel, Georgia Association of Educators, 1985-1992
Attorney, US Securities & Exchange Commission, Mar. 1984-June 1985