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March 10, 2009



"Treating teachers like professionals while also holding them more accountable."

Most professionals don't belong to unions, where tenure can protect bad teachers based on length of service, while new hires get pink slips, without regard to the quality of their performance in the classroom.

As a professional, if I screw up, I get fired at best, and lose my license, at worst. Teachers do need to be treated as professionals.

Give power to local principals to fire and hire based on performance. It's a crime when every teacher in our district with less than 2 years of service gets a pink slip. Old curmudgeons on the brink of retirement, who barely show up, let alone teach, are guaranteed a contract renewal.

We've got to rein in the teacher unions.

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