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Pedro A. Noguera, PhD Biography

Former Professor of Education at 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

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Distinguished Professor of Education, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA, July 2015-present
  • Member, National Academy of Education, 2014-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Comparative Education Review, 2001-present
  • Professor of Education, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University, 2003-2015
  • Executive Director, Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools
  • Co-director, Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings
  • Recipient, Advanced Center for the Behavioral Sciences Award for Distinguished Scholarship, 2014
  • Recipient, Rutgers University Educational Law Center Education Justice Award, 2014
  • Honoree, Kappa Delta Pi Laureate, 2013
  • Appointee, State University of New York Board of Trustees, 2008-2011
  • Recipient, Scholastic Corporation Education Hero Award, 2009
  • Recipient, Schott Foundation Award for Research on Race and Gender, 2008
  • Judith K. Dimon Professor of Communities and Schools, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2000-2003
  • Professor of Social and Cultural Studies, University of California at Berkeley, 1990-2000
  • Director, Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of California at Berkeley, 1990-2000
  • Former Certified Teacher, Providence, RI and Oakland, CA
  • PhD, Sociology, University of California at Berkeley, 1989
  • MS, Sociology, Brown University, 1982
  • BA, Sociology and History, Brown University, 1981
  • Teaching Credential, Brown University, 1981
  • Honorary Doctorate, Lewis and Clark College, 2013
  • Honorary Doctorate, Metropolitan College of New York, 2012
  • Honorary Doctorate, Bank Street College, 2011
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of San Francisco, 2001
  • Recipient, AESA Critics Choice Book Award (The Trouble with Black Boys), 2008
  • Recipient, AESA Critics Choice Book Award (City Schools and the American Dream), 2003
  • Recipient, Forward Magazine Gold Award (City Schools and the American Dream), 2003
  • Recipient, Wellness Foundation Award for Research on Youth Violence, 1997
  • Recipient, University of California’s Distinguished Teaching Award, 1997
  • Recipient, Centennial Medal, Philadelphia University, 2001
  • Recipient, Whitney Young Award for Leadership in Education, 2005
  • Recipient, Eugene Carrothers Award for Public Service, 2006
  • Editorial Board Reviewer, Social Problems
  • Editorial Board Reviewer, Sociology of Education
  • Editorial Board Reviewer, New Education
  • Regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Teachers Get Tenure?