This week NYC released the latest statistics on teacher tenure. Fifty-three percent of teachers eligible last school year received tenure, which is down from 55 percent the previous year.
This number shows a continued commitment to raising the standards for tenure and a refusal to return to the old status quo. In the 2006-2007 school year, 97% of teachers were given tenure.
SchoolBook reports on the announcement:
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott pointed to a "higher bar" and more rigorous tenure rules instituted three years ago for the decrease in teachers earning tenure outright.
“If you turned back the clock, tenure was an automatic right and not something earned," Walcott said in a written statement. "But that’s changed. We expect more of our teachers as we raise the bar for students like never before. I want to congratulate all those who were granted tenure."