Good Hiring Makes for a Good Teacher; Tenure Doesn’t Matter

Dear Editor,
This is in regards to Proposition 74. Just because I have a
teaching certificate does not mean I am automatically tenured after
two years of service.
Dear Editor,

This is in regards to Proposition 74. Just because I have a teaching certificate does not mean I am automatically tenured after two years of service. If I have a good principal who does his or her job, that person will not renew my contract for the following year if I cannot show that I am making satisfactory progress in my teaching skills.

I have been at Las Animas School for nine years. We laugh and joke about the teachers who have left because they were so bad; the ones that read newspapers while the kids went wild; the one that did ditto after ditto and never left her desk; and the ones that did not show that after help from mentor teachers and district gurus that they were making satisfactory progress.

As fellow teacher and union leader Michelle Nelson said, it’s up to principals to make the correct hiring decisions. From what I have seen, principals are taking very seriously who they hire because their jobs are now on the line if those test scores don’t go up. At our school, our principal knows that she doesn’t have a year to waste with a poor teacher.

She is making sure that she gets it right the first time. I truly believe that the days of hiring someone based on his or her tennis swing are over (Someone told me they were hired because of that, but I won’t say in which district.)

As a final remark, to all of you out there that are not being harassed by Proposition 74, do you remember when you couldn’t wait to get through those 60 to 90 days to be a permanent employee? I remember those days of anxiety, too. Now, just think if I go to a new district and this prop passes, I’ll have to wait five years.

(Oh, and I still make the challenge for anyone to come and do my job for a week.)

Lynell Broadstone,

Fourth grade teacher at Las Animas

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