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New guidelines make teacher tenure less automatic in New York City

from The New York Times

In most schools across the country, tenure is not something to be gained, but something to be lost. Virtually every new teacher earns it, including in New York City, where all a principal has had to do to give a teacher almost guaranteed lifetime employment is to check a box on a computer program. Not any longer. Under guidelines released, principals are directed to base their decisions on an elaborate system that measures teachers' success in and outside the classroom, including student performance on standardized tests. The principals then have to explain their recommendation in three paragraphs. more

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