Last updated on: 6/6/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Thomas J. Kane, PhD Biography

Title:
Walter H. Gale Professor of Education and Economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Position:
Con to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"
Reasoning:

“[T]enure laws and the teacher labor market constrain districts’ choices… When state law essentially guarantees public employment for ineffective teachers in California, low-income families pay one way or another – either in the form of salary incentives to retain and redistribute effective teachers, reductions in other services required to pay for those salary incentives, or because such policies usually fail to completely offset the burden, in terms of the lowered achievement of their children…

At a minimum, California courts should stop adding to the burden on low-income children and strike down the laws guaranteeing early tenure and seniority-based layoffs.”

“In Vergara, Low-Income Students Pay… One Way or Another,” brookings.edu, June 3, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, Mar. 2013-present
  • Walter H. Gale Professor of Education and Economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, July 2005-present
  • Faculty Director, Harvard Center for Education Policy Research, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, July 2005-present
  • Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research, Jan 1992-present
  • Deputy Director, US Education, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Nov. 2008-May 2012
  • Professor of Policy Studies and Economics, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), July 2001- June 2005
  • Vice Chair of the Department of Policy Studies, UCLA, July 2002-2004
  • Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, June 2001-June 2003
  • National Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Sept. 2000-July 2001
  • Associate Professor of Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, July 1997-June 2001
  • Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, July 1991-June 1997
  • Senior Economist for Labor, Education and Welfare, Council of Economic Advisers, Executive Office of the President of the United States, Aug. 1995-June 1996
  • Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution, Sep. 1994-July 1995 and June 1996-Aug. 1996
  • Research Assistant, Research Fellow and Teaching Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1986-1991
Education:
  • PhD, Public Policy, Harvard University, 1991
  • MA, Public Policy, Harvard University, 1988
  • MA, Economic, University of Michigan, 1986
  • BA, Economics, summa cum laude, University of Notre Dame, 1983
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Teachers Get Tenure?