Teacher-seniority systems need overhaul, educator says

California teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron uses this column to question the effectiveness of teacher-seniority systems that protect higher-paid veteran teachers who are ineffective and eliminate the positions of young teachers who may have great potential as educators. She states that there is a place for tenure but suggests revised policies that better serve students. These include by using multiple measures to evaluate teachers in a more meaningful way and providing more opportunities for teachers to take on hybrid roles and avoid burnout.

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