Lynn Nordgren is working to Overturn Citizens United and McCutcheon!

Lynn Nordgren

Tenure is not the problem in education. Many southern states do not have tenure nor do charters but they are not doing better with students as a result. Industrialized countries across the world have stronger unions, stronger tenure and seniority and they are doing much better with students in all areas. This is about power and profits in the end. By constantly deflecting our attention from the REAL issues in education, we are delaying what needs to be done: smaller class sizes, rich and deep community and parent partnerships, more resources for students struggling with social-emotional issues, gainful employment for all, safe and sustainable housing, early education, high quality nutrition, relevant and diverse curriculum, cultural proficiency for our educational systems, and more! Tenure allows teachers to stand up and advocate for students and for what is right in education without fear of losing their jobs for doing so. We have processes for removing ineffective teachers and do so on a regular basis - after we know for sure that the teacher is unwilling or unable to improve once coaching and goal setting has been applied. It simply is not true that you cannot fire a teacher. Tenure allows us to determine whether or not a new teacher is ready for a career in teaching and then gives them due process going forward once they achieve it. It is not a guarantee of never being fired. The decision to get rid of tenure is a red herring and NOT what we need to be working on in education. It must be overturned!

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