Last updated on: 6/17/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Anita Gibson Biography

Title:
President of the Alabama Education Association
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"
Reasoning:

“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,” montgomeryadvertiser.com, May 14, 2011

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, Alabama Education Association, July 15, 2009-present
  • Vice President, Alabama Education Association, 2007-July 14, 2009
  • Recipient, Northeast Alabama Women of Distinction Educator
    Award presented by the Girl Scouts of Alabama, Mar. 2003

  • First elementary school teacher to receive the national Horace Mann-NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, Dec. 2002
  • Teacher, DeKalb County school system, 1988-present
  • Former member, Board of Directors, National Education Association
  • Former President, UniServ Council
  • Former Delegate, National Education Association and Alabama Education Association Conventions
  • Former Co-chair, Southeast Regional Leadership Conference, National Education Association
  • Top 5 finalist, National Foundation for Improvement in Education Award presented by National Education Association
Education:
  • BA, Secondary Education, Jacksonville State University, 1988
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Teachers Get Tenure?