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Rick Scott: 'Good teachers know they don't need tenure'



From a speech Florida Gov. Rick Scott gave yesterday at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce's South Florida Economic Summit:

The third thing we need to do right away is continue to improve our education system so that Florida has the best educated work force.

Just today Education Week magazine has a report that said Florida now ranks fifth in the nation under certain metrics.

Our students, teachers and parents deserve some credit for continuing to improve against the other 49 states. 

But I’m not satisfied with fifth place. And I know that the best teachers here in Florida aren’t satisfied with fifth place either. 

That’s because we all know there are things we can do better.

We need to require periodic testing of teachers in the subjects they teach.

Good teachers want to be measured, just as good athletes and good businesspeople love competition.

It’s absurd that we wouldn’t require teachers to demonstrate their expertise in the subjects they are teaching to our children.

Just like we hold government accountable, we should also hold teachers accountable, and this is one simple way to do that.

We also need to eliminate teacher tenure so that we can replace bad teachers.

Good teachers know they don’t need tenure. There is no reason to have it except to protect those that don’t perform as they should.

If we do that, and we give parents more options for educating their kids, we’ll be well on our way to fixing Florida’s economy.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 8:42am]


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