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September 8, 2012
Jean Hetrick, Marquette , The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

In The Mining Journal's Aug. 20 editorial, it advocated for a change to teacher tenure so that "students won't suffer from the current illogical practice" of those with the least time on the job are the first to go.

Unbeknown to you, on July 19, 2012 Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation that ends the "Last In, First Out" practice.

According to our governor, "This long overdue reform will protect outstanding teachers who are enthusiastic about the material and able to connect with students in a way that makes them want to learn." Yes, teachers will still receive tenure but after 5 years instead of the 4 now required.

But now teachers will be retained based on a new system that requires administrators to consider demonstrated effectiveness in the classroom.

Teachers will be evaluated by state- mandated criteria and need to earn a rating of "effective" in order to keep their job. No longer is seniority an issue in educating children.

It is not my intent to judge the reasoning or the merits of such legislation, but to set right the editorial that is out of step with current teacher reform.



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