New York City awarding less tenure to young teachers in public school systems, educators say

Jul 8, 2011 by

The city is cracking down on awarding

 

 

in public schools, educators across the city charge.

Young city teachers at numerous schools say they are having their tenure requests turned down after the typical three years and their probation periods extended, often for arbitrary or unfair reasons.

It appears to be the city’s latest attempts to fight for higher standards for job protections awarded to teachers. For years, Education Department officials have highlighted the difficulty in firing teachers in the now-closed rubber rooms.

And now it’s some of the high-quality, newer recruits – the same ones the administration was trying to save from layoffs – that are being pushed to other careers or jobs elsewhere because of the crackdown.

Department of Education officials haven’t released numbers but acknowledge that they expect an increase in extended probation periods after setting out new standards last November.

“Teachers who receive extensions have every opportunity continue teaching and improving their practice – but lifetime tenure is something that should be earned, not granted by default,” said spokesman Matthew Mittenthal, who declined to discuss specific cases.

Last year, fewer than 4% of teachers were denied tenure, and another 7% had their tenure extended.

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