A Discussion on Tenure & Seniority. Tenure & Seniority Changes. Changes to tenure and seniority are occurring nationwide and plans to modify the system are underway in New Jersey as well!
Changes to tenure and seniority are occurring nationwide and plans to modify the system are underway in New Jersey as well!
Plans to change current tenure and seniority rules build on a proposed educator evaluation system that would rate staff as highly effective, effective, partially ineffective, or ineffective based on a mix of student growth data and evidence of educator practice.
This system would facilitate changes to due process rules, tenure, seniority, and compensation.
Proposed change require statutory and code modifications that will involve action by the State Legislature and the State Board of Education. It is expected that changes in re-tenure and seniority may be heard as early as the lame duck legislative session (post election)!
Increases cost to remove ineffective staff
Potential for abuse –”lifetime job”
Permits mediocrity in performance
Makes it more difficult to retain effective less senior staff
potential negative impact on quality of learning
Breeds negativity among staff in certain circumstances
Potential negative impact on hard to staff districts
Difficulty in filling certain posts in schools
Turmoil in placement
Limited opportunities / vacancies within district
Conflict with superintendent/board
Now it’s your chance to provide input….