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I know that one of my colleagues got tenure solely because they had an issue with teacher retention in the math department. They weren't recommended for rehire after their first year, even from the person who supervised them, who was a friend. But, the school was struggling to fill the math spot that it already had open, and so they, of course, didn't do anything to her. This was repeated several years. In fact, I think they've had to hire a math teacher each of the past 5/6 years due to various things.

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