July 27, 2011

Statement of Educators 4 Excellence Co-Founders Sydney Morris and Evan Stone on 2011 Tenure Decisions

For Immediate Release

NEW YORK, July 27, 2011 – “We applaud Mayor Bloomberg's efforts to make tenure decisions more meaningful and look forward to offering feedback from teachers on how to improve the process even further. What we learned from this year's effort is that teachers need more transparency about how decisions are made and the process must be standardized across all schools. That way we can truly ensure being awarded tenure is a significant professional milestone for educators."

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For far too long, education policy has been created without a critical voice at the table – the voice of classroom teachers. Educators 4 Excellence (E4E), a teacher-led organization, is changing this dynamic by placing the voices of teachers at the forefront of the conversations that shape our classrooms and careers. With a quickly growing national network of over 3,500 educators united by the E4E Declaration of Teachers’ Principles and Beliefs, E4E teachers can learn about education policy and research, network at E4E’s event series with like-minded colleagues and important education policymakers, and take action by advocating for teacher-created policy recommendations that lift student achievement and the teaching profession.  For more information, please visit www.educators4excellence.org.