Teacher Tenure

A Wiregrass lawmaker is credited with one of the most important pieces of legislation to come out of this year's session.

State Representative Terry Spicer of Elba has streamlined the teacher tenure policy. Previously, it took about a year to remove a teacher from the classroom. Under Spicer’s bill, that process has been cut to six-months. It’s the first change to state tenure in sixty-years.

The measure passed in both the Alabama House and Senate. Spicer says it’s in accordance with Gov. Riley’s campaign for public accountability.

Rep. Spicer says the legislation faced little opposition from the powerful state teacher unions.