A middle ground on tenure? Some teachers in California say yes.

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  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    July 13, 2014 2:14 p.m.

    The criteria for teachers to keep their jobs should be performanced based, not time based. Tenure is a union ploy for job protection. Performance based criteria can certainly be developed for teachers. Especially if teachers step up to the plate and help develop it.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    July 13, 2014 1:12 p.m.

    "Warhaftig, .... wants tenure protections for teachers — especially against dismissals that could be political or capricious. What if a veteran teacher, he asks, is targeted for layoffs to meet a principal's bottom line?"

    Ya'know, what if the janitor "is targeted for layoffs to meet a principal's bottom line?" Or the gardener, or bus driver? What if the school district's accountant finds out that there isn't enough to keep him/her on the job?

    Why do these folks think teachers/professors deserve arbitrary protections from market (or political) forces that can and do affect everyone else?

    The whole idea of "tenure" is something that may have had some rational reason for existing at one time, though I've yet to hear what that might have been, but it certainly doesn't nowadays. It should be abolished, and the sooner the better.