Press Release

AFT Statement On Tenure Policy Decision by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents

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Friday, September 25, 2009


Leslie Getzinger


In March 2009, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents voted to end faculty tenure in the system. Today, the board has reversed that decision.

WASHINGTON—Students and faculty alike will benefit from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents’ decision to restore faculty tenure. This decision will ensure that professors have the job security and academic freedom necessary to address challenging subjects and maintain the high standards that are essential for student success. This is a big win for college students in Kentucky and a big win for fairness for faculty. It’s unfortunate that this decision required a legal analysis by the Kentucky attorney general to prompt the board’s action. However, that opinion, and the herculean efforts of union members, made all the difference in ensuring that the KCTCS will have a strong corps of full-time faculty to educate the students of Kentucky.

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The AFT represents 1.6 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.

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The Parents, Educators and Owners Partnering for Learning in Early-education for the Kids (PEOPLE for the Kids) includes New Mexico Early Educators United, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers; the Quality Early Learning Association, which represents preschool owners; and the OLÉ Working Parents Association, which represents more than 4,000 parents of young children throughout New Mexico.