NYC awards tenure to fewer teachers under overhaul

By the Associated Press | July 27, 2011 | 4:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is granting tenure to fewer than six out of 10 public school teachers this year — part of an effort to end what Mayor Michael Bloomberg says was a practice of bestowing job security automatically.

Bloomberg and schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced Wednesday that 58 percent of the more than 5,200 teachers who received decisions this year were granted tenure. That's down from 89 percent last year and 94 percent the year before that.

Bloomberg announced in September he would overhaul the way city teachers are granted tenure, linking their advancement to improving student performance.

Once teachers are granted tenure they cannot be fired without an administrative hearing.

Teachers' union president Michael Mulgrew says he's concerned the decisions may not have been based on individual teacher performance.