Marginalized Students, Marginal Teachers, and the Principalship
Posted on August 24, 2016 11:18 am MST, by James Lane
Contractual strictures governing teacher tenure and dismissal procedures work to protect those teachers distinguished by their length of employment, rather than the quality of service to their students.
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today unveiled new data from the 2013-2014 school year showing gaps that still remain too wide in key areas affecting educational equity and opportunity for students, including incidents of discipline, restraint and seclusion, access to courses and programs that lead to college and career readiness, teacher equity, rates of retention, and access to early learning.
Recently the Washington Post published a news article describing the arrest of a teacher who was arrested for having a sexual relationship with her eighth grade student. The incident raised the specter of the most egregious aspect of teacher ethics and calls all educators to question why such events occur and how we can prevent them.