Tenured Professors in Colorado Remain Protected

Democrats in the Colorado legislator defeat a bill that would have allowed the state’s colleges and universities to review and evaluate tenured professors.

According to an article in the Daily Sentinel, “House Bill 1284 would have required the state’s colleges and universities to periodically evaluate the performance of professors granted job protection. Tenured professors who received poor reviews and failed to improve upon those marks could have lost their jobs.”

Rep. Keith King (R-Colorado Springs) sponsored the bill and said it “aimed not only to ensure quality professors taught students, but that faculty remained accountable to taxpayers,” reports to the article. King went on to say, “It’s important to make a statement concerning what’s acceptable and not acceptable for tenure in this state.”

However, Democrat lawmakers stopped the proposal.

“We would be the first state to impose legislative standards on tenure, which I find to be very frightening,” said Rep. Michael Merrifield (D-Manitou Springs).

However, according to one lawmaker’s comments within the piece, taxpayers are not happy with the way the state has dealt with tenured professors.

On a less serious but, no doubt, somber note, the bill’s defeat now ensures that professors in Colorado and weathermen in San Diego have the most sought-after jobs in the world.