1. Education
Send to a Friend via Email



Definition: Tenure refers to an employment status that teachers earn after successful fulfilling the requirements of a probationary period. Once an educator has earned tenure status, he or she has increased job security in the district that granted the tenure.

Originally intended to protect teachers from arbitrary firings due to personal beliefs or other reasons not directly related to the job they do in the classroom, tenure has become an increasingly controversial topic in the field of Education as the role of teaching unions is scrutinized and reevaluated.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.