CARSON CITY, Nev. — Is teacher tenure a “human right”?

That’s what the head of the Nevada State Education Association seemed to suggest in a television interview last weekend.

Appearing on a local news show, NSEA President Lynn Warne said the Silver State’s new education reforms — which focus largely on teacher tenure — “really struck at the heart of what are educators’ rights, workers’ rights, human rights really.”

Was Warne just being hysterical, or should education reformers be brought up on charges before the United Nations’ Human Rights Council?

In a recent blog, Victor Joecks of the Nevada Policy Research Institute examines the state’s new tenure laws, and concludes the Warne’s views are “outrageous.”

“Now, while (the new law) certainly represented an improvement over the old system, where 95 percent of teachers received tenure after one year of teaching and became virtually impossible to fire afterwards, the new system only allows a bad teacher with tenure to be removed after three years of poor performance,” Joecks writes.

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