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Teacher Tenure Reform

Holding Teachers, Like All of Us, Accountable

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    And now, an NBC Bay Area Editorial:

    Nationwide, states are debating the pros and cons of teacher tenure, and so should we.

    Teacher Tenure Reform

    [BAY] Teacher Tenure Reform
    NBC Bay Area believes it's time for teacher tenure reform. Let's reward effective teachers, and hold ineffective teachers accountable.

    I'm Suzanne Shaw (NBC Bay Area Editorial Director)

    In California, public school teachers become "permanent" after just two years of work. And though most teachers do an admirable job, those who underperform are protected by tenure. "Low student achievement" is no grounds for dismissal. So, low performing teachers often stay on the job.

    Another Viewpoint: Teacher Tenure

    [BAY] Another Viewpoint: Teacher Tenure
    Suzanne Shaw, NBC Bay Area Editorial Director, highlights viewer feedback from our "Teacher Tenure" editorial.

    Public education needs reform at all levels, we believe that includes tenure reform. The guaranteed job regardless of performance must go! There has to be accountability. Students deserve the most inspiring teachers we can find. NBC Bay Area has advocated holding administrators and parents accountable, so let us evaluate teachers, at least in part, by whether their students learn.