What you need to know about the 2012 Tenure Reform Law
1. Tenure can be earned in four years. After a first year, which includes required mentoring, a teacher must be rated effective in two of the following three years to be considered for tenure.
2. Tenure charges must be brought against a teacher rated ineffective following a partially effective or lower rating the previous year. Tenure charges may be brought against a teacher rated partially effective following a partially effective or lower rating the previous year, but the district has the discretion to offer that teacher a third year to reach a effective rating before a tenure charge. Due process rights are maintained.
3. Tenure cases go to an arbitrator, whose decision is final and binding. A faster, less expensive process
4. Certified in-district supervisors conduct evaluations.
5. There are No changes to seniority.
6. Stipulates that test scores shall not be the “predominant” factor in a teacher’s evaluation.