Teacher tenure needs to go

Source: Sex and the State
by Cathy Reisenwitz

“So, a ton of Alabama teachers are getting pink slips before the new school year. Now, as far as I can remember, this is normal for Alabama. Why? Tenure. If an Alabama teacher teaches three consecutive years at the same school, on their fourth year they’re automatically granted tenure for the rest of their career. Schools do not love this. That’s because it’s nearly impossible to fire a tenured Alabama teacher. When I was in school this meant our AP History teacher taught Holocaust denialism. … you’d expect schools to fire teachers after their third year. But if they do that, the AEA (Alabama’s main teachers union) will bitch-slap them. So most schools just automatically fire most of their first-year teachers at the end of each school year.” (06/08/22)