The Thomas B. Fordham Institute examined how hard it is to fire ineffective teachers in 25 school systems around the country. Among them was Gwinnett County, which rated a 5 out of 10 in terms of difficulty.
A 9 or 10 rating signifies it’s “easy to dismiss” a teacher deemed “ineffective.” No district earned a 9 or 10. Under Fordham’s rating, a 5 rating falls under “difficult to dismiss.”
Below is the chart Fordham created to summarize Gwinnett’s process.
You can read the full report — “Undue Process: Why Bad Teachers in Twenty-Five Diverse Districts Rarely Get Fired — here.
In its analysis, Fordham sought to answer these questions:
- Does tenure protect veteran teachers from performance-based dismissal?
- How long does it take to dismiss an ineffective veteran teacher?
- How vulnerable is an ineffective veteran teacher’s dismissal to challenge?