The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

What Is Tenure?

Jun 23, 2014

The anti-teacher politicians pretend that tenure protects “bad teachers” because it makes it impossible to fire them. This is a vile lie. In fact, tenure simply prevents administrators from arbitrarily dismissing someone–at least until they find a pretext.

The attack on tenure makes it clear that school “reformers” plan to come after the teachers who tenure protects: those who have gotten some experience, and who are usually better teachers as a result. But with higher seniority, they get more pay, and this is really the problem. With no tenure, administrators can fire at will according to the dictates of their budgets, rather than the needs of their students.

Degrading the working conditions of teachers will not improve education. Anyone can see that the result will be just the opposite.