"Making it easier to fire bad teachers isn’t going to magically cause the educational achievement gap to disappear. You need to be able to attract and retain more good teachers, too...
Improving the quality of teachers who work with poor kids seems more about insufficient inflow of the talented than insufficient outflow of the untalented. One study, based on a policy change in Chicago, found that even when dismissal rules are relaxed, many principals still choose not to fire anyone -- including at the worst-performing schools -- perhaps at least partly because of the challenge of finding decent replacements...
Weakening job security in the absence of other reforms may even discourage good people from entering or sticking with the profession.
That’s because job security is one of the key forms of compensation that we still offer to educators as their salaries have gotten less competitive over time...
Reducing job security may sound like a cheap way to improve teacher quality. But without some of the costlier changes necessary to make the most difficult teaching jobs more appealing to the most desirable workers, it seems unlikely to be the silver bullet school reformers are hoping for."
"Eliminating Teacher Tenure Won't Improve Education," washingtonpost.com, June 12, 2014
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Involvement and Affiliations:
Opinion Columnist, Washington Post, Mar. 2014-present
Economics Reporter, New York Times, 2008-Jan. 28, 2014
Guest Columnist, Sunday New York Times Magazine
Regular Guest, "The Wrap," Marketplace, NPR
Recipient, Weidenbaum Award for Evidence-based Journalism