Last updated on: 6/6/2017 | Author:

Denise Specht, MS Biography

President of Education Minnesota and Former Teacher
Pro to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"

“Due process protections [teacher tenure] are earned by Minnesota teachers after they have passed a lengthy probationary period and have met certain performance expectations… These laws don’t prevent bad teachers from getting fired, they prevent good teachers from being fired for bad reasons. Tenure laws protect teachers who speak out about the learning conditions in their schools. They are what assure parents they are getting the real story at conferences, or PTA meetings, or when they read an interview with a teacher in the newspaper. These laws are the teachers’ First Amendment.”

“Education Minnesota Responds to Latest Attempt to Silence Teachers,”, Jan. 9, 2017

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, Education Minnesota, Apr. 2013-present
  • Vice President, American Federation of Teachers
  • Board Member, Minnesota Women’s Consortium
  • Member, Political Action Committee for the National Education Association (NEA)
  • Member, G27 committee, NEA
  • Member, Minnesota AFL-CIO General Board and Executive Committee
  • Board Member, TakeAction Minnesota
  • Former Secretary-Treasurer, Education Minnesota
  • Former Chairwoman, Budget and Finance Committee and Policy Development Committee, Education Minnesota
  • Former President, Centennial Education Association
  • Former Title One and Second-Grade Teacher, Golden Lake Elementary School, Centennial School District (Minnesota)
  • Former fifth and sixth grade teacher
  • MS, Curriculum and Instruction, St. Cloud State University
  • BA, Elementary Education, Moorhead State University, 1989
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Teachers Get Tenure?