Kyle Olson

During this time, the teacher’s pay is suspended for the first 120 calendar days. After those four months are over, the defendant’s taxpayer-funded salary is reinstated. The school district must then pay that salary for the length of the termination process, as well as wages to substitute teachers to cover for the defendant.

The chart depicts the entire process in 15 unique steps. Under the best circumstances, it takes just under two years to fire a tenured teacher. If there are delays, the proceedings can span five years or more.

Because the process is exorbitantly expensive and requires thousands of hours to complete, most schools only attempt to fire the most egregious offenders, leaving marginal or ineffective teachers in the classroom.

“It’s a time-consuming, painstaking process,” Smith said. “It takes guts, money and know-how.”

The Education Action Group created the chart to illustrate for New Jersey taxpayers how unwieldy and cost-prohibitive it is for their local schools to fire incompetent, indifferent and sometimes dangerous teachers once they have been granted tenure.

This chart begs the question, Who are schools designed for: students or adults?

It’s a small wonder that there are fewer than 40 tenure cases in New Jersey each year. Cash-strapped schools can only afford to fire the most outrageous offenders. Because this is such an arduous process, it ends up protecting the incompetent and ineffective teachers, keeping them in the classroom. The worst part is that New Jersey’s school children end up paying the price in the form of a second-rate education.

The unions claim that tenure doesn't protect bad teachers. This chart and common sense refute that claim. I hope people will see this as another example of the unions putting the interests of its members over the needs of New Jersey’s school children.

Kyle Olson

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