Roosevelt Institute | Cornell University

Reform Teacher Tenure

By Gideon TeitelPublished January 1, 2017

Many speak out against tenure because it gives incompetent teachers virtual immunity from firing. In Michigan for example, it takes almost a year to expel a teacher in a belabored principal, board, and union battle, which is even before the legal process! To make matters more ridiculous, it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to fire and(or) reassign bad tenured teachers.

Works Cited 

Daniel Weisberg, Susan Sexton, Jennifer Mulher, David Keeling, "The Widget Effect: Our National Failure to Acknowledge and Act on Differences in Teacher Effectiveness" (5.8 MB) , The New Teacher Project website,, June 1, 2009 
"Rhee-Forming D.C. Schools,", Nov. 22, 2008 
Wanda Marie Thibodeaux, "Pro & Cons of Teacher Tenure," 
George A. Clowes, "Teachers Like Tenure but Admit Its Flaws,", July 1, 2003 
Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, "ACLU Sues LAUSD to Stop Teacher Layoffs," KPCC-FM Los Angeles website,, Feb. 24, 2010 
M.J. Stephey, "A Brief History of Tenure,", Nov. 17, 2008
Scott McLeod, JD, PhD, "Does Teacher Tenure Have a Future?,", Apr. 19, 2010 
Nanette Asimov, "Teacher Job Security Fuels Prop. 74 Battle," San Francisco Chronicle, Sep. 30, 2005