The Debate Over Tenure for Teachers

The Debate Over Tenure for Teachers

A judge last week struck down teacher tenure laws in California in a case likely to reverberate around the country. Kojo explores the notion that tenure protects educators at the expense of students.

In a case likely to reverberate across the country, a California judge struck down the state's teacher tenure laws last week on civil rights grounds, saying tenure protects educators at the expense of poor and minority students who are most likely to be stuck with weak teachers. Some advocates for education reform applaud the ruling, but teachers' unions say tenure is important to recruiting and keeping good teachers and dispute the notion that tenure makes it harder to improve public school performance.

Guests

Doug Prouty

President, Montgomery County Education Association

Lyndsey Layton

National Education Reporter, The Washington Post

John Deasy

Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District

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