Tenure and Termination

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Tenure and Termination Grand Canyon University: EDA 555
June 4, 2013

The greatest resource we have is our children. Parents entrust teachers to do educate and enrich children’s lives and to do so in a caring, safe, and to do so in a professional manner. There have been situations where sometimes the role of a teacher is misrepresented or compromised. These situations are sometimes not real, or they are a result of lies or hear say, but at other times they turn out to be true. Our society has taken measures to protect our children from being abused by adults. At the same time our society has also taken measures to protect teachers from certain injustices or false accusations. Many states have set in place tenure policies to protect competent teachers from malicious accusations but when do we draw the line? The law at times is not a well-defined contrast of black and white, and at times people need to decide on a shade of gray.
Tenure is a form of job security that teachers earn after they reach a certain level of professionalism (Scott, 1986). When a teacher has earned tenure, they have the right to a continual teaching contract as long as they abide by the guidelines set forth in their contracts. It is believed that students benefit more from the experience and ability of a continuing contract teacher. Some of the protections that are extended to a tenured teacher are that they cannot be discriminated against based on their personal views, personality conflicts, or any area that is not educational. The statutes for teacher tenure and dismissal vary from state to state, but in all states a teacher in good standing must be offered employment and cannot be dismissed without the due process. Tenure will not however protect teachers who are ineffective or incapable.
South Carolina has a three-year process in place before teachers are awarded…...

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