ERIC Number: ED168448
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Legislative Authority Over Tenure in Washington State's Public Institutions of Higher Education.
Brachtenbach, Marilyn Hammond
Broad legal constraints upon legislative authority over faculty tenure rights and the particular application of those constraints to the State of Washington are discussed. After defining tenure and tracing the creation of tenure rights, legislative authority over statutorily created tenure is discussed. Methods of legislative modification of tenure statutes may generally be accomplished in two ways, direct repeal of or amendment to the statute, and indirect repeal or amendment through inconsistent legislation. Whether by direct or indirect amendment, action taken by a state legislature to modify faculty tenure rights depends heavily upon the wording of the pertinent statutes creating the mechanism for award. Variations in statutory authorization for tenure award among higher education systems within a state may also limit a legislature's authority to modify tenure rights. Such a possibility is illustrated by the status of tenure rights in Washington. Appendices include excerpts from the U.S. and Washington State Constitutions; community college statute; four-year institution statutes; employment contract samples; faculty handbook excerpts; and K-12 statute. (SW)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Employment Practices, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Handbooks, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, State Government, State Legislation, Teacher Employment, Tenure
Washington State Senate, Legislative Building, Olympia, WA 98504
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Legislature, Olympia. Senate.
Identifiers - Location: Washington