ERIC Number: EJ1043745
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Will the Courts Save Teachers?
Popham, W. James; DeSander, Marguerita
Educational Leadership, v71 n5 p 55-58 Feb 2014
In the last few years, all but a few U.S. states have rushed to enact tougher teacher evaluation systems. Spurred by the incentives offered by two federal education initiatives--Race to the Top and the ESEA Flexibility Program--these states have designed teacher evaluation systems designed to "remove ineffective tenured and untenured teachers." Unfortunately, many of these new systems have serious flaws that result in inaccurate and unfair evaluation ratings. In this article, W. James Popham and Marguerita DeSander consider whether the courts are likely to protect teachers who have been unjustly fired or denied salary increases under such systems--and their answer is a resounding no. The courts have historically refused to substitute their judgment for that of a school board--as illustrated by a Florida case described in the article.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; Race to the Top
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A