President of Education Minnesota and Former Teacher
Pro to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"
"Due process protections [teacher tenure] are earned by Minnesota teachers after they have passed a lengthy probationary period and have met certain performance expectations... These laws don't prevent bad teachers from getting fired, they prevent good teachers from being fired for bad reasons. Tenure laws protect teachers who speak out about the learning conditions in their schools. They are what assure parents they are getting the real story at conferences, or PTA meetings, or when they read an interview with a teacher in the newspaper. These laws are the teachers' First Amendment."
"Education Minnesota Responds to Latest Attempt to Silence Teachers," educationminnesota.org, Jan. 9, 2017