published Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Teacher tenure bill advances in Tennessee senate

NASHVILLE — Teacher tenure will be harder to attain and keep under a Haslam administration bill approved by the Republican-led Senate Education Committee.

The bill passed the committee on a 6-3 party line vote.

Senate Majority Mark Norris, R-Collierville, said the bill, which among other things expands the probationary period before tenure is granted from three to five years, will “help us all along on this next stop on the continuum of reform.”

But Tennessee Education Association President Gera Summerford, a Sevier County math teacher, warned committee members that the state teacher evaluation system on which the process depends is still being developed and, in some instances, may be based on system-wide data and not individual classrooms.

“Due process and continued employment should not be based on an uncertain evaluation system or on the data from students who are not inside their classroom,” Summerford said.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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moon4kat said...

For non-university level teachers, isn't "tenure" just the same thing as seniority? And, without some protection for seniority -- for ALL workers -- won't employers just fire the oldest, who have inched up the pay-scale to make more than the newbies? I'm not convinced that eliminating tenure is a good idea. Seems like eroding these protections is another attack on working men and women.

March 3, 2011 at 8:48 a.m.
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