State College of Florida reconsiders tenure
Florida lawmakers, who eliminated new continuing contracts for K-12 teachers a year ago, didn't get to the point of striking down tenure for college and university professors this year, despite the conversations.
No matter. One school — State College of Florida, serving Manatee and Sarasota counties — is tackling the issue on its own.
The Herald-Tribune reports that the college's new-look board of trustees, mostly Gov. Rick Scott appointees, announced Tuesday that it would investigate doing away with its tenure system. It could become one of only a few institutions of higher education in Florida to have no form of guaranteed employment for its professors.
"I believe people should earn their keep on a daily basis," trustee Craig Trigueiro told the Herald-Tribune. "In too many instances it seems to generate complacency. In the private sector there is no tenure."
Not surprisingly, faculty leaders criticized the concept. President Lars Hafner told the paper that he will make sure faculty members are involved in any discussions to change their contracts. Stay tuned.