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  •  Don't mistake the excuse for the actual reason (12+ / 0-)

    An administrator who cites tenure as the reason for why s/he isn't firing a teacher is an administrator who isn't going to fire the teacher anyway.  Tenure is just the convenient excuse.

    If an administrator is willing to follow the process, s/he absolutely can get a teacher fired for cause.  If the administrator is not bothering, then guess what, the adminstrator actually doesn't want to fire the teacher.  It could be for any number of reasons - maybe the administrator doesn't like firing people, maybe the administrator doesn't feel the teacher should be fired, maybe the teacher is a close friend or ally.  None of these reasons have anything to do with tenure.

    It's no different in a major corporation.  I'm a mid-level manager, and I can't fire anyone who reports to me for cause unless I go through the process of documentation and escalating warnings.  That's as it should be, since a lot of employees will improve if given fair notice and guidance on how they can improve.

    A manager who is citing the process as a reason for why an employee is not out is a manager who doesn't want to fire the employee anyway.  Whether we're talking about tenure or the HR-guided procedures of major corporations, citing the process is just an excuse for managers to hide behind.

    •  The one caveat is (1+ / 0-)
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      that it varies a bit from state to state and district to district how difficult it is. Large districts seem to have a harder problem removing people than smaller ones.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:19:49 AM PDT

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