Here in Alabama, we have a system of tenuring teachers into particular systems. The rules for this apply state-wide. To be tenured into a system a teacher must: work for 3 years in that system, be recommended by their co-workers and administrators, be approved by the school board of that system. There are some checks done during this time within the system, but this is pretty much the basics. Once a teacher has been approved for tenure they recieve a contract that pretty much guarentees their job for as long as they want it (except gross criminal activity: sex crimes, murder). Before tenure a teacher must have their contract approved each year and can pretty much be let go at will. Tenure is the reason it is so hard to get rid of teachers who make comments like: "you boys are dumber than a dead coon on the side of the road". (Just one of many such comments made by a middle school teacher in my district who went on to teach for another 4 years until she retired) So, upon discovering that a neighboring state does not have a tenure system I'm curious about how many states have a tenure system similar to the one I've described?