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http://www.latimes.com/news/local/education/la-me-teacher-tenure20-2009dec20,0,2529590.story

The Northern Ireland General Teaching Council has no power to fire poor teachers

A Times investigation found that the Los Angeles Unified School District routinely grants tenure to new teachers after cursory reviews — and sometimes none at all.

Evaluating new teachers for tenure is one of a principal’s most important responsibilities. Once instructors have permanent status, they are almost never fired for performance reasons alone. The two-year probation period, during which teachers can be fired at will, offers a singular opportunity to weed out poor performers.

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