Research Professor of Education at New York University
Pro to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"
"In the early days of the formation of teachers' unions, [teachers] wanted assurance that they could not be fired for arbitrary and capricious reasons. They wanted to be sure that they could not be fired by a school board that wanted to hire a colleague's daughter or sister, or fired by a principal who didn't like their looks or their religion…
Unlike tenure in higher education, public school tenure is not a guarantee of a lifetime job. In elementary and secondary education, tenure is a guarantee that a teacher can be fired only for just cause, with due process…
Tenure protects academic freedom. In the absence of tenure, teachers may be fired for any reason. Teachers may be fired if the principal doesn't like them or if they are experienced and become too expensive. Teachers may be fired for being outspoken.
There is no evidence that tenure causes low test scores. There is no evidence that children get higher achievement if their teachers have no tenure. The best predictor of low test scores is poverty. Every standardized test -- whether the SAT, the ACT, state tests, national tests, or international tests – shows the effects of family income on test scores...
The loss of tenure will make it even more difficult to staff schools in the poorest neighborhoods. Abolishing tenure solves no problems for students and creates massive demoralization among teachers, who understand that their job depends now on compliance to administrators, at whose whim they serve."
"Tenure Is a Guarantee of Due Process to Prevent Capricious Firings," nytimes.com, June 12, 2014
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Involvement and Affiliations:
Research Professor of Education, New York University, 1995-present
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Recipient, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, June 2011
Named National Education Association's "Friend of Education," 2010
Member, Koret Task Force, Hoover Institution at Stanford University, 1999-2009
Board Member, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 1996-2009
Recipient, John Dewey Award, United Federation of Teachers of New York City, 2005
Brown Chair in Education Studies, Brookings Institution, 1995-2005
Member, National Assessment Governing Board, 1997-2004
Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow, American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, 2002
Assistant US Secretary of Education, Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, 1991-1993
Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1985
Visiting Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, 1984-1985
Former Adjunct Professor of History and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Native of Houston, TX and graduate of Houston public schools
Has lectured in Poland, the former Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic, Romania, the former Soviet Union, Hungary, the former Yugoslavia, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, and throughout the United States.
Blogger with 8.3 million pageviews per year, Dianeravitch.net
Has edited over twelve books
Honorary Doctorates: Williams College, Reed College, Amherst College, The State University of New York, Ramapo College, St. Joseph’s College of New York, Siena College, Middlebury College Language Schools, Union College
Recipient, Kenneth J. Bialkin/Citigroup Public Service Award, 2006
Recipient, Gaudium Award of the Breukelein Institute, 2005
Recipient, Uncommon Book Award, Hoover Institution at Stanford University, 2005
Recipient,Horace Kidger Award of the New England History Teachers Association, 1998
Recipient, Leadership Award, Klingenstein Institute at Teachers College, 1994
Invited Lecturer, Library of Congress, 1993
Honoree, Literary Lion, New York Public Library, 1992
Recipient, Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award, 1989