President of the National Education Association (NEA)
Pro to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"
"Due process policies such as tenure are an important job protection that teachers value highly. These policies don't prevent bad teachers from being fired; they prevent good teachers from being fired for bad reasons. Qualified teachers earn these due process protections after satisfying performance expectations. These protections allow teachers to advocate for their students and to teach controversial and challenging curriculum without fear that they will be punished for doing so by overreaching administrators and others with arbitrary or personal agendas.
Striking down the statutes will not help our most at-risk students. High-poverty districts do not suffer from too few teachers being removed; they suffer from too much teacher turnover. Attracting and retaining effective teachers to these schools must be the highest priority."
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:
Vice President for North America and Caribbean Region, Educational International, 2015-present
President, National Education Association (NEA), 2014-present
Vice President, NEA, 2008-2014
Secretary-Treasurer, NEA, 2002-2008
Former Member, NEA Executive Committee
Member, President Bill Clinton's White House Strategy Session on Improving Hispanic Education, 2000
Former Teacher, Christmas Box House Children's Shelter
President, Utah Education Association, 1990-1999
Elementary School Teacher, Orchard Elementary School (West Valley City, UT), 1980-1990
Former school cafeteria worker
MEd, Instructional Technology, University of Utah, 1985
BS, magna cum laude, Elementary Education, University of Utah, 1980