Cut Tenure, Pay for Performance

Published January 1, 1998

Tenure would go if New York City’s public schools were run by hard-nosed Big Apple residents. Nearly two out of three New Yorkers (65 percent) favor allowing schools to hire and fire teachers solely on merit without regard to tenure or years of service, according to the 1997 Empire State Survey.

Two out of three respondents (65 percent) also support eliminating tenure for principals so they can be fired. Another 54 percent support tying teachers’ pay and compensation to increases in the academic performance of their students.