"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