I don't know where letter writer Gerald Thompson gets his information. Teachers in Washington state do not have tenure, they fall under the continuing contract law which means you are hired each year unless you are notified of dismissal.
However, there is a process that has to be followed by the administration to dismiss a teacher. It starts with evaluations at the beginning of each school year. If it is unsatisfactory then the teacher must be provided with a definite plan for improvement. If this plan is completed to the satisfaction of the administrator, then the teacher is placed on probation.
If the teacher is dismissed, they are entitled to due process under this law.
The court will uphold the district’s dismissal if the process is followed to the letter of the law by the administration. I have seen many teachers become very good teachers who went through that process.
He says that only 23 percent of new teachers finish in the top third of their graduating class. I would like to know his source for this information. I would suggest the editor demand a source from the person quoting information that is detrimental to a person or persons.
The reason why pay is not affected is because the Legislature sets the pay schedule for all districts in the state.
Before Thompson criticizes the teachers and the teaching profession I would suggest he do his homework.