The Chamber believes tenure should not be automatically awarded to teachers on the sole basis of time on the job, but should be earned based on an appropriate evaluation and subject to periodic reviews for renewal. The Chamber further believes the current tribunal system in place to review appealed cases of misconduct and inadequate job performance of school employees is both complicated and inconsistent. Superintendents are reluctant to fire or suspend an insubordinate employee due to the cost, complexity of the process and likelihood that their decision will be overturned by a tribunal. The Kentucky Chamber advocates for a clearer, more consistent process to ensure all students have a safe and productive classroom environment. Educators who do not meet the high standards required to serve all students should be removed from the education system.
The Chamber also believes it is vital that superintendents, as the CEOs of their districts, have increased flexibility in the selection of school principals.