Most State Laws Silent on Dismissing Teachers Who Simply Cannot Teach

States List Numerous Reasons Why a Teacher Can Be Dismissed, but in 29 States, Ineffectiveness is Not One of Them


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New analysis from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) finds that a majority of states fail to specify teacher ineffectiveness as an explicit reason to dismiss a teacher. In Walking the Tightrope: Teacher Effectiveness and Personnel Policies, NCTQ examines if states are achieving an appropriate balance of interests between teachers and students when it comes to difficult decisions regarding removing teachers from the classroom.

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