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>Tenure has the potential to benefit students

>Tenure has the potential to benefit students, but only if the broader community of tenured teachers and tenured school principals is willing to use the relative independence tenure affords to shield their students from the ill-effects of poor administration of schools by outsiders. By ‘outsiders’, I simply mean, individuals who are neither working in, nor directly responsible for what happens in, the classroom.

The question then becomes, are the tenured teachers and tenured principals in Ridgewood using the relative independence tenure affords to shield their students from the ill-effects of poor administration of schools by Cottage Place.

If it can be demonstrated that they are making the proper use of their powers as tenured individuals, and **each** of our students is being given a fighting chance to succeed, regardless of which RHS feeder school serve his or her neighborhood, the taxpayers and voters in Ridgewood should be satisfied. What more can you ask?

On the other hand, if it can be shown that more than a few our tenured teachers or tenured principals are failing to keep up their end of the bargain, and are allowing rotten ideas from Cottage Place to permeate their classrooms, why should dissatisfaction with the tenure system in Ridgewood be looked upon as some sort of aberration, or strange affliction?

I would think the opposite should be the case. Based on recent events, those who blindly support every unwise act and foolish utterance of Cottage Place should be the ones under regular and recurring inspection by the ‘jaundiced eye’.

I would be interested to know the opinions of TRB readers in the Travell district–does the record and recent performance of Travell’s acting principal indicate that an early award of tenure for her will be put to its proper use? If so, why? If not, why not?

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