Last updated on: 6/3/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Idaho State Department of Education Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"
Reasoning:

“Right now, the public education system makes it difficult to reward excellent teachers and to remove poor teachers. If our goal is to make sure Idaho Students Come First, we must address both…

Currently, if a teacher has been teaching for longer than three years, they receive a continuing contract in the State of Idaho – a contract equivalent to tenure. If we truly want to focus on putting students first, we can no longer permit a forever contract in our schools. No credible research shows that tenure helps improve student achievement…

Phasing out tenure is not a new idea or something just happening in Idaho. States across the nation have passed or introduced legislation to eliminate tenure or tie it to a teacher’s performance. These states recognize that tenure may have been a rite of passage in the past, but it now serves as an obstacle to improving schools.”

“Tenure,” sde.idaho.gov, Feb. 1, 2011

Description:

“Vision: Establish an innovative and flexible education system that focuses on results, inspires all students and prepares them to be successful in meeting today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities…

Goals:

  • Increase district and school capacity to establish and maintain a positive education climate, with emphasis on a safe learning environment and the intellectual, physical, social and psychological well-being of every child.
  • Continue efforts to remove barriers to teacher certification and provide support to those who want to enter the teaching profession.
  • Increase dissemination of and accountability for research-based best practices in teacher preparation and provision of ongoing professional development that support student success.
  • Continue efforts to provide increased pay for teachers in leadership and mentoring roles.
  • Coordinate a statewide school improvement effort for those schools needing assistance to meet Adequate Yearly Progress goals.
  • Increase the level of parental and community involvement in the education system by seeking partnerships with and feedback from all education stakeholders.
  • Focus the statewide dropout prevention efforts of all education partners to reduce Idaho’s dropout rate and increase graduation rates.
  • Continue to support the establishment of public charter schools, public magnet schools and online educational opportunities to offer parents more quality choices in the education of their children.
  • Provide timely and relevant information, technical assistance and funding to Idaho’s educators, schools, districts, students, parents, business leaders and the community, with a focus on excellent customer service.
  • Increase efficiency of data collection procedures from school districts and public charter schools.
  • Support efforts by school districts to consolidate services and streamline operations to make more efficient use of taxpayer funds and direct more dollars into the classroom.”

“Vision, Mission and Goals,” sde.idaho.gov (accessed July 12, 2011)

Mission:

“The Idaho State Department of Education is accountable for the success of all Idaho students. As leaders in education, we provide the expertise and technical assistance to promote educational excellence and highly effective instruction.”

“Vision, Mission and Goals,” sde.idaho.gov (accessed July 12, 2011)

Other:
Department of the State of Idaho
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Teachers Get Tenure?