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  •  Not sure you're correct. (0+ / 0-)

    I know someone who works in a school district, and she says incompetent teachers are nearly impossible to fire.  It's effectively life tenure.

    The road to Hell is paved with pragmatism.

    by TheOrchid on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:19:12 AM PDT

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    •  Your acquaintance is incorrect (6+ / 0-)

      It is not a simple process, nor should it be.

      People shouldn't be fired for trivial reasons or because one person finds them to be a poor teacher. Keep in mind that what constitutes teaching excellence is open to debate.

      A good administrator can either create a climate where the teacher will improve or can follow the necessary procedures to remove a teacher is incompetent.

      A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

      by slatsg on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 10:19:52 AM PDT

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      •  I trust my acquaintance. (1+ / 0-)
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        It's not just their opinion; other teachers acknowledge that a couple of the teachers in the school district are dead weight; even parents know about these two.  But the administrative procedures to fire them are too onerous to pursue.  This is California, by the way, where school funding cuts have been brutal; the school administrators, among other things, simply don't have the time or staff to get rid of them.  Ergo, effectively life tenure.  This can't be the only school district where this is happening.

        The road to Hell is paved with pragmatism.

        by TheOrchid on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 01:01:41 PM PDT

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