Kyle Olson makes some great points in his article, Dance of the Tenured Lemons, at available to read in full Here.

Teacher tenure is considered holy gospel in most of America’s public schools.

But this policy does nothing for children, and tends to protect teachers who don’t necessarily deserve job security. Why is it we never hear stories about tenure protecting “good” teachers instead of helping “bad” ones?

This smells a lot like a case of the “Dance of the Lemons,” a term which refers to school administrators quietly moving troubled teachers out the door with a letter of recommendation and sometimes money, because tenure laws make it too expensive to fire them.

They essentially put the trash out on the curb, spray it with a bit of perfume and wait for an unsuspecting district to come along and pick it up.

In no other sector of society can an employee be accused of a very serious crime, only to be given a payoff and positive recommendation. The sickening part is that it involves children and is a direct result of teacher tenure.

If school leaders had more flexibility, the dance of the lemons would end at the unemployment line or prison, not in other school districts.

But changing tenure laws requires state leaders who are willing to stand up to teachers unions. Do they have the courage, or will they continue to subject students to a small minority of unfit, downright dangerous teachers?

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