Professor of Education in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University
Pro to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"
"Tenure should never prevent a school district from getting rid of bad teachers. Tenure has never been -- nor should it be -- a guarantee of a job for life...
Ideally, tenure helps low-income schools to attract -- and retain -- good teachers.... Students in districts with large minority populations are much more likely to be taught by new, inexperienced teachers who have only a bachelor's degree and are often not certified in the subjects they teach...
Schools in high-poverty communities are also typically underfunded, as revenues from local property taxes tend to be meager. That makes it difficult for low-income schools to find and keep top teachers...
In recent years, tenure has given teachers the job security that allows them to report cheating and call attention to the deplorable conditions in low-income schools...
Blaming teacher tenure for the flaws of L.A.'s troubled school system is like blaming doctors at Veterans Affairs hospitals for the deep flaws in the VA system. Ending tenure will only make it harder to fix the flaws in a vital public institution."
"In Defense of Teacher Tenure," Wall Street Journal, June 19, 2014
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:
Professor of Education, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University
Member, National Academy of Education, 2014-present