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ERIC Number: EJ882682
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr-7
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
States Strive to Overhaul Teacher Tenure
Sawchuk, Stephen
Education Week, v29 n28 p1, 18 Apr 2010
This article reports on how states strive to overhaul their teacher tenure policies. Over the past year, a handful of states have begun to overhaul their tenure-granting processes by increasing the number of years it takes teachers to win due process rights, and by trying to improve the evaluations that are supposed to guide determinations of whether a teacher qualifies for the benchmark. The recent efforts differ in several ways from prior waves of reform. With the lone exception of Florida, the states seek to change the tenure-granting process, rather than abolish it. The revisions are also being coupled with movements to tie tenure to student academic achievement, reflecting an increased emphasis in national policy circles on the importance of gauging teachers' impact on student learning. The mechanisms through which the states are approaching changes to their tenure policies differ. While Ohio has delayed the time it takes to earn the right to due process, Delaware will tie it to student achievement, and Florida is poised to abolish it.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Delaware; Florida; Maryland; Ohio