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It is believed in many countries that incompetent or poor teacher CANNOT be removed. This article shows why this is not necessary true but depends on governing boards and teacher unions working together to assure high quality teachers are retained in every classroom. It has become a national and international embarrassment that so many incompetent teachers are kept and/or moved around from school to school in what has become known as a 'dance of the lemons' and it is time to answer the critics by taking positive action.

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My work is unique and it is rare to find a researcher and/or practitioner who is willing to address this most serious problem in the educational systems across the globe. My earlier book, Teachers CAN Be Fired! The Quest for Quality, was, and still is, the only book written to clearly explain how good teachers need special recognition programs and educational governing boards, school administrators and teachers and their organizations need to work together to achieve the removal of the 'sludge' of teachers.


Working for over 35 years as a teacher/administrator and community college president I found that one of the toughest decisions needing to be made in our schools is accountable teacher evaluation.

Hans Andrews
Olney Central College: Illinois Eastern Community Colleges

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This page is a summary of: Time to bite the bullet on removing incompetent teachers!, International Journal of Leadership in Education, January 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/13603124.2018.1543808.
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