Here is the link to that series of Small Newspaper stories I wrote about this morning entitled “The Hidden Cost of Tenure.”
Reporter Scott Reeder spent six months working on this series, and it kicks off today with three stories.
Tenure frustrates drive for teacher accountability is the top story.
If you talk to Cicero Elementary School Superintendent Clyde Senters, it wonâ€™t be long before the word “accountability” comes to his lips. Recently a tenured staff member was fired, who had been routinely skipping work during the past seven years. “Her last year as an employee, she skipped more days than she worked. Can you believe there was still a question of whether she should be fired?” he said,
Then there’s, School boards lose power to fire poor teachers :
Procedure trumps everything when a school attempts to dismiss an incompetent teacher. The slightest error on any of the many forms to be followed can result in a problem teacher remaining in the classroom.
And, finally, Firing Mr. Roth: $400,000 and counting
Firing Cecil Roth has cost Geneseo schools more than $400,000, and counting. The case illustrates why administrators fear dismissing tenured teachers.
They also have this chart: