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Report: Tenured Teachers Rarely Let Go

The governor wants to make tenure harder to receive and maintain.

As Gov. Dannel P. Malloy works to restructure the tenure system in public schools, the Connecticut Post found in an investigation that hardly any tenured teachers are fired.

Out of 53,000 tenured teachers in public schools, only 40 were fired in the past two years. That's a dismissal rate of less than one tenth a percent, according to the Post. 

“Today tenure is too easy to get and too hard to take away,” Malloy said earlier this month at his “State of the State” address. “I propose we do it a different way. I propose we hold every teacher to a standard of excellence.”

Under his proposed $128 million education agenda, 80 percent would go to the worst districts. In order for the schools to get the money, districts would have to “embrace key reforms,” with tenure changes being one of them.

“We cannot and will not fix what’s broken in our schools by scapegoating teachers. But nor can we fix it if we do not have the ability to remove teachers who don’t perform well in the classroom in a timely fashion,” he said. “In this new system, tenure will be a privilege, not a right. It will be earned and retained through effective teaching, not by counting years of service.”

Just One Teacher March 15, 2012 at 09:01 PM
What was my comment ugly? I merely pointed out that 2 out 7 million is not a significant percentage. Certainly FAR too small to make sweeping and untested changes to an entire states educational system. Even if we only focus on the teachers her child had in 13 grades, two would not be a huge percentage. That is simple truth. Once again, Chuck, you assumptions are dead wrong. Most teachers in CT are under the NEA, not the AFT. The CEA supports many components of this bill, but you would have to actually do a little bit of research to know that. Personally, I have supported tenure review since I myself was in high school suffering from a burnt out math teacher one year away from retirement. My classmates would ask me to re-grade their tests after he graded them because they were full of oversights and mistakes. It is not WHAT they are trying to do so much as HOW. No, I don’t like my job security and my very teaching license tied tone persons opinion of me (who, by the way might spend a total of an hour in my room all year) and a system of standardized test that research shows to be flawed. It is madness.
Just One Teacher March 15, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Correction, "Why was my comment ugly?"
Just One Teacher March 15, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Also, I still have yet to receive a reply to a question I have posted several times on this site. If teaching is such a cushy, overpaid, “do nothing” career then why are their teacher shortages? There is no shortage of lazy people in this world from what I have seen. You would think that they would all be rushing in to join me while I sit around all day milking cranky taxpayers. Why is there such a high washout rate amongst new teachers as Gerald pointed out? I had a parent disagree with how I taught my class. She felt she could do it better. She quit her career and went through the ARC program. She didn’t last more than a single year.
Chuck E. Arla March 15, 2012 at 09:18 PM
JOT, Did you ever have a student by the name of Brown? Charles Brown? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss2hULhXf04
Just One Teacher March 15, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Hilarious! I love Peanuts. Thanks for the chuckle, Chuck, and for not letting me down. Perhaps I just ask too much of you when I request you post something other than opinion or hearsay. Adios. This lazy teacher has homework to finish before class tonight.

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