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

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.

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