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What's your position on teacher tenure? Love it, hate it, take it or leave it? Does it really work?  Is it window dressing? Has it served its purpose and now it's time to move on?  Who does it benefit: teachers or administration?  Neither?  Both?  

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Never had it, never needed it, never wanted it.  It is our system, though, and I'm sure some excellent teachers have benefited from tenure programs as much as some incompetent teachers have. As with anything, the particularsmatter, and the particulars are too varied to deal with individually.  On the whole, I find it difficult to believe this is the best system of evaluation for a profession that, by its nature, is so diverse and individualized.

I liken tenure to labor unions--sometimes good, sometimes bad, generally outdated and out of touch with many of today's realities.

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While tenure can be justified as protection against lazy or corrupt administrators seeking to protect or hire coaches its disadvantages clearly exceed the benefits.  Meeting today's urgent challenge to improve our educational system requires that we identify, support and reward excellence in teaching. We must also quickly get rid of the dead wood in the classroom.  Those "teachers" who are unmotivated, lazy, in a rut, or just marking time until retirement are harming our kids and our nation's future. If we are to prepare those in the classroom for competition in 21st century global society, tenure must go.

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