Debate Over How Teacher Tenure Affects The Quality Of Education

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Debate Over How Teacher Tenure Affects The Quality Of Education

After a judge in California ruled the state’s teacher tenure laws unconstitutional, guest host Tom Gjelten and a panel of experts discuss teacher tenure and the quality of a public school education.

Last week in California, a judge ruled the state’s teacher tenure laws unconstitutional, arguing the current system discriminates against children from low- income families. The decision is the latest battle in a movement to weaken teacher tenure laws across the country and it’s a battle that often pits school reform advocates from both parties against teachers’ unions. Since 2009, two-thirds of states have toughened tenure standards. The California ruling is the first time the issue has been decided in the courts and observers say it has national implications. Guest host Tom Gjelten and a panel of experts discuss teacher tenure and the quality of a public school education.

Guests

Greg Toppo

education reporter, USA Today

Andrew Rotherham

co-founder of Bellwether Education, executive editor at RealClearEducation, and blogger at Eduwonk.com

Dana Goldstein

staff writer, The Marshall Project and author of the upcoming book "The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession"

Michael Feuer

dean, Graduate School of Education and Human Development and Professor of Education at George Washington University

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