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How to Fire a Bad Teacher

Tenure has made it almost impossible to fire bad teachers. Multiple groups have published charts illustrating graphically how difficult it is to get rid of a teacher who can't or won't improve. Washington City Paper even made a game out of D.C.'s Byzantine, union-enforced process. Click on one of the thumbnails below for a visual perspective on how tough teachers unions make it to terminate bad teachers.


Reason magazine (illustrated by Terry Colon, based off of a chart by Common Good) on union-imposed obstacles to teacher firing in New York City


Common Good Colorado illustrates how difficult tenured teacher terminations are in the Rocky Mountain state


Washington City Paper’s game, “How to Fire a DCPS Teacher”