Haslam Goes National on TN Tenure Reform

Gov. Bill Haslam said on Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” Wednesday that the tenure reform bill he signed into law was met with approval from teachers, who said they wanted to “teach with other good teachers.”

Haslam said he wanted a “great teacher in front of every classroom,” and for teachers to be treated like professionals where the good ones are recognized and “those who don’t need to be there, we acknowledge they might be happier somewhere else.”

He added that under the previous law, a teacher would receive tenure after three years and a day — a time-frame that has now been moved back to five years. Additionally, he says the law makes it possible for teachers to lose tenure if they fall to the “bottom of the pack.”