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Title:The Political Forces Behind the Creation of and Subsequent Changes to the Teacher Tenure Law in Illinois
Author(s):Burkey, John David
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Richard Hunter
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, History of
Abstract:This study examines the political forces behind the creation of the teacher tenure law in Illinois in 1941. The study is a historical analysis that focuses on the forces behind each of the major subsequent changes in 1975, 1985, and 1997. The major findings of the study include that teacher tenure in many states, including Illinois, was influenced greatly by the creation of civil service laws for government workers. Illinois was one of the later states to adopt a teacher tenure law. The state was a follower, rather than a leader on the issue. The political influences in Illinois also greatly changed over time. When the law was enacted in 1941, the forces involved in supporting and opposing the law were almost entirely within the educational community. By the time of the 1997 change in the law, the education community played a much less important role as the major forces behind the change were outside of the educational community.
Issue Date:2004
Description:134 p.
Thesis (Ed.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3153257
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2004

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