Teachers Resist End to Tenure Duval Educators Oppose Limit on Job Security
Mitchell, Nancy, The Florida Times Union
A proposal to do away with tenure for Florida's public school
teachers is drawing the ire of the Duval County teachers union
and concern from some area teachers.
"It's a gimmick, a quick fix that won't fix anything," said
Lynne Lucas, executive vice president of the union. She
said union members will lobby against the plan.
At Sandalwood High School, first-year teacher Duane Hagstrom
worried the proposal would mean less job security in his future.
"You feel safer if you have tenure," he said. "I guess right
now, I just wait and see what happens."
The proposal was announced Wednesday at a joint news conference
with legislative leaders and Education Commissioner Frank
Brogan. It's one of the goals for education reform they've
identified for the upcoming legislative session.
Essentially, the proposal abolishes the tenure extended to
Instead, teachers hired after this July would have contracts
ranging from one to three years and could be let go when the
Supporters say it's all designed to make it easier for
administrators to fire incompetent tenured teachers, a process
that now takes at least two years.
But Lucas said tenure provides needed job protection, not a job