Tenure or Not? Kaylyn goodsell


“Academic tenure refers to a policy which gives professors and teachers a permanent contract, effectively ensuring them a guarantee of employment … for life. Teachers that have tenure cannot be fired unless for “just cause,” such as severe misconduct or incompetence, and even then, cutting through the red tape can be extremely difficult.”

Code of Iowa Chapter 279.15

Iowa does not have teacher tenure. Instead of being protected by teacher tenure, the teachers in Iowa are protected by Chapter 279. Chapter 279.15 states that “The notification and the recommendation to terminate shall contain a short and plain statement of the reasons, which shall be for just cause, why the recommendation is being made.”

Missouri Teacher Tenure

In Missouri teachers acquire teacher tenure when they have taught at the same school for five consecutive years. They receive their tenure when they get their sixth consecutive contract. It is difficult for a tenured teacher to be fired. The following are reasons that a tenured teacher may be terminated:

"• If the teacher has a physical or mental condition that renders him or her unfit to instruct or associate with children

• For immoral conduct

• For incompetence, inefficiency, or insubordination in the line of duty

• For willful or persistent violation of Missouri’s school laws or the local school district’s published policies or regulations

• For excessive or unreasonable absences

• For conviction of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude"

What’s the difference?

Tenure and Chapter 279 are similar. A teacher cannot be fired without a good reason. The only difference is that in Missouri a teacher must teach at the same school for five consecutive years before they acquire the teacher tenure. In Iowa, all teachers have chapter 279.

Where I would feel protected

After researching I think I would probably feel more protected in Iowa. I would feel more protected in Iowa because all teachers have protection. In Missouri, the teachers do not get tenure until they have taught for five consecutive years.





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