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    when there is no track record of previous appointment. But that does not excuse allowing someone clearly incompetent to obtain tenure.

    And let's be clear.  Tenure in a public school is really no more than the guarantee of due process.  It is nothing at all like tenure in the colleges and universities.

    Even "tenured" teachers can be dismissed, if administrators properly do there jobs.

    The argument that tenure and unions prevent the firing of bad teachers is as bogus as arguing that the protections of the 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th amendments prevents the successful prosecution of criminals.

    One more point.  California has tenure and unions, Mississippi does not.  If one looks at teachers with at least 3 years experience  (most states grant tenure at 2, 3 or 4 years), California dismisses experienced teachers at more than twice the rate than does Mississippi.

    Oh, and which state does better on NAEP and other similar measures?  By far?  

    Could it be that MS, which has a very high percentage of blacks in public schools but a state power structure dominated by whites of the ilk of Haley Barbour who is untruthful in saying that he went to college in an integrated environment, is not willing to commit resources at least at the state level to the education of children of color?  How many in the power structure of MS either send their kids to school that are effectively segregated by housing patterns or else send them to non-public schools  (hint, check the number of white, "Christian" schools in that state).

    "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

    by teacherken on Sun Oct 10, 2010 at 03:30:56 AM PDT

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