Keep in mind, teacher tenure only means that a teacher can’t be fired at will, not that he or she can’t be fired. As a recent scandal resulting in the firing of three school administrators at the elite Boston Latin school highlights, there are still plenty of ways to gin up reasons to fire teachers (boldface mine):
The Boston School Department has placed three administrators at Boston Latin Academy on paid administrative leave, just two weeks before the new school year begins, as the department investigates allegations of harassment, discrimination, and intimidation….
McDonough’s actions stem from concerns raised three months ago by dozens of Latin Academy teachers, who say the school’s administration was creating a hostile work environment and was forcing teachers to lower academic standards, through tactics such as mandating they award more As and Bs to students.
If teachers refused to comply or asked too many questions, they said, school administrators often targeted them for removal, stepping up classroom observations and writing nuanced evaluations that picked apart performance and offered little constructive feedback for improvement.
Adding further anxiety, teachers said, the administration appeared to be developing a pattern, whether intentional or not, of pushing out older teachers and black teachers….
Yes, the teachers wanted to increase the difficulty of the coursework, while the administrators wanted to lower standards.
At this point, anyone who yammers on about teachers being the major problem facing our schools needs a swift kick in the dick.