Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
If a student makes a baseless claim against a teacher (“he touched me”) or a parent complains that the teacher discussed evolution or global warming or taught an “offensive” book, the teacher may be fired on the spot, without a hearing in the absence of due process.
Tenure doesn’t mean a lifetime job. It means that the teacher has a right to a hearing before an impartial administrator and must be fired only for cause, not capriciously.
Teachers don’t get due process until they have taught for two, three, or four years, depending on state law. They don’t give themselves due process; it is a decision made by their principal.
Reader Jim explains in a comment on the blog why teacher differ from other public…
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