Educators in California are divided over the value of teacher tenure as many school districts move to lay off teachers because of state budget cuts. "If a teacher is not effective and has been given support to improve, he or she should not be given a job forever because of tenure," one superintendent said. Others say teacher tenure -- which California adopted in 1921 -- offers important protections to veteran teachers and ensures a large enough workforce to educate the state's 6 million students.

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