Green Party Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York
Pro to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"
"If teacher tenure is an important obstacle to achievement, Mississippi (with no teacher tenure) should have stellar schools and Massachusetts (with teacher tenure) should have failing ones. Instead, it’s the other way around. Correlation is not causation, of course, but across the country the states without tenure are at the bottom of performance rankings. States with the highest-achieving public schools have tenure (and teacher unions).
K-12 teachers with tenure do not have a job for life. What 'tenure' means, for them, is due-process procedures for dismissals with cause, instead of capricious or at-will dismissal from their duties. I've spoken to countless teachers from Southern states who are afraid to do the things that New York City teachers do all the time – write blogs, write letters to the editor, even show up to a rally –because they could lose their jobs for speaking out. All working people should have such protections."
"Protections of Teacher Tenure Do Not Hurt Students," nytimes.com, June 12, 2014