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Tenure: A necessary protection

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A big national fight over teacher tenure is coming to New York state. And soon. Jay Lefkowitz, the head lawyer for the Chicago-based law firm Kirkland & Ellis, LLP (gross revenues of $1.94 billion in 2012), has told The Wall Street Journal that he plans to file an anti-tenure suit in New York state in early July. The suit will be filed in state Supreme Court in Albany. One thing that should be understood by ...


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fjcjr
July 13, 2014
10:55 a.m.

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This is a well reasoned piece, however, I think the writer undermines his credibility when he cites the names of major clients of Kirkland and Ellis, and the principal attornies of the same firm. This entire paragraph has no relevance to the argument he makes in support of tenure, Arguments for or against tenure need to stand on their own merits, not who brings the issue. It would be the same iif I shot down his argument solely because he has been a long term educator. Personnaly, I disagree with his premise that tenure is entirely necessary. People that are employed by businesses never have such benefits, and often they enjoy a long employment based on their merit, or lack thereof.

rpterry
July 13, 2014
12:52 p.m.

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The Gazette author of the piece arguing for an end to tenure only needs to look in his paper's file from last Fall to read about a basketball coach in a local district who was fired by a Board of Ed from the coaching position over the recommendation of the Principal and AD. Investigation would reveal parental pressure maybe including a Board of Ed member with a player son on the team led to the firing. Coaches do not have tenure or seniority. Perfect example of the importance of tenure.

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