I'm going to take a probably unpopular and certainly unexpected (if you've been reading my other posts) position here: I think we should get rid of tenure for public school teachers because they don't deserve it. Now, it's not that they don't deserve, in general, job security, but tenure is about something besides just job security. Tenure exists in the higher academic world to protect academics with unpopular views. It's about defending the ability of people to pursue knowledge wherever it leads and to speak truth to power. Tenured teachers in our school system by and large don't do either of these things. They don't stand up against idiotic policies and programs thrust on them by the political sector until those policies end up threatening their jobs despite tenure. They don't speak up when policy runs counter to science and experience. They don't stand up to administrators who misuse their power or simply don't do their jobs. Of course, you, personally, are an exception to this, but you have only to look around your school or your district, let alone the nation in general, to see a culture of quiet acquiescence to whatever rolls down the particular hill you're on, from grade inflation, absurd testing schemes, the virtual elimination of arts, science and physical education, developmentally inappropriate programs and methods and so on. If what I saw, as a general rule, was teachers using tenure as a bastion from which to struggle for better, more sensible and equitable conditions in their work place to support better practices for the benefit of their clients, I'd flip on this issue in a heartbeat, but sadly, that's not what I see.