Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics at University of California at Berkeley
Pro to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"
"[E]liminating tenure will do little to address the real barriers to effective teaching in impoverished schools, and may even make them worse...
First, firing bad teachers actually makes it harder to recruit new good ones, since new teachers don't know which type they will be. That risk must be offset with higher salaries — but that in turn could force increases in class size that themselves harm student achievement.
Second, while it might seem better to wait on granting tenure, early decisions — not in the first year, but soon after — actually improve student achievement. That's partly because stable faculties are better for students, but also because an attentive district knows a great deal about which teachers are good and bad after just two years, and waiting longer provides little additional information.
Finally, the freedom to fire experienced teachers is valuable only when dismissal rates are very high, say, 40 percent or more. And yet such rates come with costs: The risk of firing good teachers is high, and the impact on a school's culture is detrimental to learning.
In short, while the notion of 'clearing the stables' of bad teachers seems attractive, it is almost impossible to get right in practice. No conceivable system can eliminate all 'grossly ineffective' teachers, and efforts aimed at doing so can do more harm than good."
"Taking on Teacher Tenure Backfires," nytimes.com, June 12, 2014
Experts Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of education. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to education.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Fellow, National Education Policy Center at University of Colorado, 2013-present
Executive Committee Member, University of California at Berkeley and University of California at San Francisco Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program, 2012-present