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April 28, 2011                                             Action Item: VIII.A.4.
Date of Board Meeting Action



                            RESOLUTION OF THE
                   ALABAMA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
           IN SUPPORT OF TENURE AND FAIR DISMISSAL ACT REFORM


    WHEREAS, the Alabama State Board of Education seeks to always put students at the
forefront of education, and continually seeks ways to improve education and promote student
success in life and in the workplace; and

    WHEREAS, tenure was originally a protection for college professors; in Alabama, Tenure
and Fair Dismissal were adapted to be a basic protection for education employees and extended
to professionals (professors, teachers, administrators) as well as non-professionals (lunch room
workers, maintenance workers, bus drivers, etc); and

    WHEREAS, Alabama Tenure and Fair Dismissal laws now tend to over-reach their original
purpose and intent and make it difficult or impossible to effect reasonable personnel decisions
that promote teacher quality and quality education; current Alabama Tenure and Fair Dismissal
laws make effective personnel management prohibitively expensive and further limit our state's
education resources; and

   WHEREAS, a change to the law is, therefore, in order; and

    WHEREAS, the Board lauds the professionalism and dedication of educators generally, but
recognizes that every profession has its lowest performers; education administrators and local
boards should never target an employee for personal or political reasons but should have the
legal authority to reasonably discipline and terminate without prohibitive cost; and

    WHEREAS, in a time when it has never been more important that only effective educators be
allowed the privilege of teaching Alabama students, Tenure Reform and Fair Dismissal Act
Reform should be taken up by the legislature and improvements made that address the
limitations of current law:

   NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Alabama State Board of Education is in
favor of Tenure Reform and Fair Dismissal Act Reform.

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Sbe supports fair dismissal reform 04282011

  • 1. April 28, 2011 Action Item: VIII.A.4. Date of Board Meeting Action RESOLUTION OF THE ALABAMA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION IN SUPPORT OF TENURE AND FAIR DISMISSAL ACT REFORM WHEREAS, the Alabama State Board of Education seeks to always put students at the forefront of education, and continually seeks ways to improve education and promote student success in life and in the workplace; and WHEREAS, tenure was originally a protection for college professors; in Alabama, Tenure and Fair Dismissal were adapted to be a basic protection for education employees and extended to professionals (professors, teachers, administrators) as well as non-professionals (lunch room workers, maintenance workers, bus drivers, etc); and WHEREAS, Alabama Tenure and Fair Dismissal laws now tend to over-reach their original purpose and intent and make it difficult or impossible to effect reasonable personnel decisions that promote teacher quality and quality education; current Alabama Tenure and Fair Dismissal laws make effective personnel management prohibitively expensive and further limit our state's education resources; and WHEREAS, a change to the law is, therefore, in order; and WHEREAS, the Board lauds the professionalism and dedication of educators generally, but recognizes that every profession has its lowest performers; education administrators and local boards should never target an employee for personal or political reasons but should have the legal authority to reasonably discipline and terminate without prohibitive cost; and WHEREAS, in a time when it has never been more important that only effective educators be allowed the privilege of teaching Alabama students, Tenure Reform and Fair Dismissal Act Reform should be taken up by the legislature and improvements made that address the limitations of current law: NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Alabama State Board of Education is in favor of Tenure Reform and Fair Dismissal Act Reform.