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Teacher seniority in jeopardy

Supporters say ending ‘last in, first out’ layoffs saves good teachers; critics call it ‘election-year gimmick’


By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Does tenure have an effect on retaining effective teachers? A new bill that would change how school districts lay off teachers passed the Minnesota Senate last week. MSR spoke with supporters and critics of the legislation. Proponents of the bill say it will end the “last in, first out” (LIFO) system in which teacher layoffs are based on length of service, or seniority. In other words, the last teacher hired has to be the first teacher fired, whether they are effective or not. Continue Reading →

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