Last updated on: 9/23/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

RiShawn Biddle Biography

Title:
Editor and Publisher of DropOut Nation
Position:
Con to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"
Reasoning:

“Traditionalists will do anything to defend tenure laws giving teachers near-lifetime employment, even amid evidence that all it does is protect laggard and criminally abusive teachers from being sacked from classrooms…

As a civil servant, [teachers are] already covered under New York State’s civil service law, which provides rather reasonable protections against unfair dismissals by laggard leaders. In fact, if the New York City Parent’s Union’s Vergara suit (along with that being filed by Campbell Brown’s Partnership for Educational Equality) succeed in eviscerating tenure, Big Apple teachers would still be protected from unfair firings. NEA and AFT [union] leaders cannot argue legitimately why teachers should be granted protections that go far beyond those given to police officers and firefighters (who endanger their lives daily and are subjected to far harsher politicking), much less other civil servants and those of us in the private sector.

It is high time that we end tenure and near-lifetime employment for teachers. Our children deserve better than this.”

“Tenure Only Protects Bad Teachers,” dropoutnation.net, July 17, 2014

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Editor and Publisher, RiShawn Biddle Communications, Jan. 2011-present
  • Editor and Publisher, Dropout Nation, 2009-present
  • Managing Director, RiShawn Biddle Consultancy, Nov. 2007-present
  • Consultant, Black Alliance for Educational Options
  • Advisory Board Member, Connecticut Parents Union
  • Director of Communications, National Indian Education Association, Jan. 2012-2013
  • Senior Writer and Editor, National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Mar. 2010-Jan. 2011
  • Recipient, Ed Reform Champions Under 40, Black Alliance for Educational Options, Apr. 2012
  • Marketing and Creative Services Officer, Fulbright Scholar Program, Institute of International Education, Feb. 2009- Oct. 2009
  • Consultant and Editor, National Council on Teacher Quality, 2008
  • Editorial Writer, Indianapolis Star, 2004-2007
  • Staff Reporter, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2003-2004
  • Reporter, Forbes, 1999-2003
  • Staff Writer, Dunwoody Crier, 1998-1999
  • Intern, ABC News, 1998
Education:
  • Georgia Perimeter College
Other:
  • Born in New York City
  • Currently lives in Bowie, MD with wife Davina and son Andrew
  • Panel Moderator at SXSW Education Conference in 2014, “Can Technology Save the Common Core?”
  • Rishawn’s Biddle’s blog, DropOutNation.net, reaches more than 20,000 unique readers every month
  • Twitter handle: @dropoutnation
  • Has written for the New York Times, Politico, The Daily News, American Spectator, National Review, and Reason
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Teachers Get Tenure?