Tenure does not protect substandard teachers ["Teacher tenure challenged," News, July 29]. Administrators protect substandard teachers.

If administrators were great at their jobs, there be no substandard teachers. Great administrators have unlimited opportunity to observe new teachers for the first three years. They can dismiss any teacher for any reason during that time.

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If an administrator recommends a teacher for tenure, and then later has buyer's remorse, he or she has many ways to help this teacher become highly effective. And if problems persist, this administrator has avenues to dismiss the teacher as long as the teacher receives due process.

Dismissing tenured teachers is now a faster, less complicated and cheaper process.

Beth Shapiro, Oakdale

Editor's note: The writer is a public school teacher.