Tenure passes, but administrator's Fail

Published: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Re "Make school tenure rules work better" (Viewpoints, Feb. 23): While I agree with authors Pam Chirichingo and George Miller, as a retired 35-year veteran of the public schools, one important fact is missing--a discussion of the ill-prepared administrator who is the final arbiter on the local campus.

Often, they are uninformed and fail to do the most important task in evaluation - observe. I always wanted to be a better teacher, guided by colleagues who were trained to help, not simply sitting behind a desk in the main office out of touch with my student's daily realities. Tenure works if all the stakeholders in the process are part of the system. That includes the evaluated teachers, students and administration.

-- Cliff Cole, Roseville

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