No more free passes. The city Department of Education changed its tenure policy yesterday with new rules designed to weed out its bad teachers and reward its best ones with jobs for life, reports the New York Post. After years of rubber-stamp approvals, principals will now make tenure recommendations based on such performance benchmarks as classroom preparation and student feedback.

"We can't afford to squander the highest honor we can bestow--of guaranteed lifetime employment--on those not worthy," said Deputy Chancellor Eric Nadelstern.

The changes--and the comments that accompanied them--drew a quick rebuttal from the city's teachers union, which accused the department of...

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