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Gradebook podcast: Researcher Celeste Carruthers discusses the effects of ending teacher ‘tenure’ in Florida

By Jeffrey Solochek
Published: May 24, 2018
Donna Kellogg, (second from left holding sign and talking on cell phone) a special needs teacher with the Hillsborough County School District, was among hundreds of faculty, staff, and parents who lined both sides of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. bridge over the Hillsborough River Wednesday (04/07/2010) afternoon to protest Senate Bill 6, currently being considered in the state legislature in Tallahassee. "I think that it's unconscionable for them to be up there doing what they're doing to us," Kellogg said. "'s like being kicked in the teeth." [STEPHEN J. CODDINGTON | Times]

Florida lawmakers did away with teacher professional services continuing contracts — commonly referred to as tenure — in 2011. They argued such a change would lead to improved student performance.

Teachers fought the idea vehemently. They argued it would damage their profession, without yielding the positive results.

Were they right?

A new Brookings paper released this month suggests the effect was minimal, if any. Researcher Celeste Carruthers discusses the findings with reporter Jeff Solochek.

Read the full paper, Did Tenure Reform in Florida Affect Student Test Scores?, for more details.