Dispelling the GOP's misleading "protecting bad teachers" meme

Laws that are based on lies can't stand up under legal scrutiny:

On Friday, Hobgood ruled the lawmakers acted unconstitutionally in ending career status, which some call tenure. He said veteran teachers had already earned that status as part of their employment contracts and had an established right to a layer of review beyond school administrators when they face firing. The law, he noted, unconstitutionally ended rights teachers have that protect contracts and prevents governments from taking their property.

Proponents contended that the new law, set to go into effect in 2018, was needed to ensure that bad teachers could be removed from the classroom. They argued that the current system protected poor performers. Hogwash. Bad teachers could be fired before this law. The current system, in place since 1971, only guaranteed educators a hearing.

As a manager I often had new and relatively inexperienced supervisors come to me saying they wanted to fire employee X or Y based on performance. When I asked them to "show me your documentation" on performance reviews or other attempted corrective actions, they'd sometimes get that deer-in-a-headlight look. People are human, and a personality conflict doesn't always mean someone is a "bad" employee. All employees (not just teachers) who have passed a probationary period deserve an objective hearing before they can be fired for cause. It's good for the individual and it's good for the organization.


Another benefit of the hearing process

is the evolving of the organization itself. A hearing very often exposes flaws and/or inconsistencies in the administrative framework (rules, procedures, etc.) that otherwise would have gone unnoticed in the absence of an examination of the details.

Republicans seem to favor the ability of leaders (in both the public and private sector) to arbitrarily terminate employees without any consequences. Aside from being unfair, that is also a recipe for failure, because nobody learns a damned thing from the incident.