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Wilmington Star News editorial defends teacher tenure

In case you missed it, the Wilmington Star News ran a thoughtful editorial on Saturday on the state’s continuing effort to turn all public school teachers into temps. Here’s one highlight:

“Tenure, officially known as ‘career status,’ does not prevent school districts from firing teachers for incompetence or misconduct, but it does require that they document sufficient cause. The state’s school districts have proven reluctant to go through that process, instead encouraging a resignation and “passing the trash,” as the practice is unofficially known, to other unsuspecting school districts. Attempts to address that problem by making more personnel information public have met with opposition from politicians who would rather keep such details secret from the people who pay the bills.

Tenure was designed not to shield bad teachers but to protect the jobs of good teachers against political whims and personal vendettas – complaining about a principal or speaking out against policies they believe are bad for public education, for example. Any contract should also spell out those protections.”

You can read the entire editorial by clicking here.

6 Comments

  1. NitWitCharmer

    October 28, 2013 at 10:08 am

    From the article:

    Tenure was designed not to shield bad teachers but to protect the jobs of good teachers against political whims and personal vendettas – complaining about a principal or speaking out against policies they believe are bad for public education, for example.

    Then why is it a perk that only some teachers enjoy?

    If the article’s argument were the least bit valid the need for such protections would apply to all teachers. Of course the reality is that such protections from improper firing already exists for all government employees.

    It is difficult to fathom why some teachers should enjoy protection from firing beyond that already had by all government employees.

    Perhaps the best question is: Why do select teachers expect perks beyond that had by other government employees?

  2. ML

    October 28, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Because of the vast differences and expectations of teachers, they should not be treated the same as other state employees.

  3. wncgirl

    October 28, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Because teachers more so than other state employees make good scapegoats for parents and politicians. And they are more likely to lose their jobs, not because they are bad teachers, but due to political whims and/or the “good ol boy:” system, which rewards teacher who play the game. Also in my county it was often the practice of hiring your relatives over more qualified applicants… still happens, but at least once you are hired they can’t just fire you, because their relative wants your job.

  4. NitWitCharmer

    October 28, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Perhaps the best answer is that some of us believe we are more equal than others….

  5. Alan

    October 28, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    NWT, that would apply to your assertions that you are a real American, and the ‘rest of us’ are unAmerican?

  6. NitWitCharmer

    October 29, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Alan said:

    NWT, that would apply to your assertions that you are a real American, and the ‘rest of us’ are unAmerican?

    The only people who believe they are more equal than others are those that would, for example, make the claim that I can not call them unAmerican when the very limitation they set is unAmerican. I exact no such limitations on Democrats.

    They are the same Democrats who would deny rights to the prenatal that would be granted after birth. Again to Democrats some people are more equal than others. And again, I exact no limitations on who has and does not have access to life.

    But, then, I am not unAmerican.

    So, yes it does unfortunate extend to me. As an American I believe all liberties should be extended to all, while Democrats as unAmericans do not reciprocate in kind.