Rhee tackles tenure
Interesting article in yesterday's New York Times about Chancellor Michelle Rhee's attempt to end tenure as we know it in the Washington public schools. Rhee wouldn't get rid of tenure entirely, but teachers could choose to get a huge salary increase in exchange for giving up their right to tenure. Even teachers who don't choose that option would lose seniority "bumping" rights under her plan. As the article points out, there could be implications for school districts nationally if she's successful. Rhee says the current structure makes it impossible to get rid of incompetent employees. On the flip slide, without tenure, unions fear employees could be fired arbitrarily.