Behind the Headline: The Public Turns Against Teacher Tenure

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The Public Turns Against Teacher Tenure
8/19/14 | Wall Street Journal

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In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Paul Peterson notes that Americans give 13% of teachers in their local school district a grade of D and 9% an F. Teachers themselves say that 8% of their colleagues deserve a D and that 5% deserve an F. The results come from the latest Education Next poll, which was administered to a representative sample of the American public, parents, and teachers. The poll results were released earlier this week.

What could be done about these lowest-performing teachers? Respondents to the poll “favor ending tenure by a 2-to-1 ratio. By about the same ratio, the public also thinks that if tenure is awarded, it should be based in part on how well the teacher’s students perform in the classroom,” Peterson notes.

The results of the survey are discussed at greater length in an essay in Education Next.

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