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February 17, 2011

Duncan Elaborates on Layoff Policies

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan offers more details about what it means to revisit things like seniority and layoff policies.

January 10, 2011

Who Got Layoff Notices Under Washington State's Criteria

A paper examines which teachers in Washington State were most likely to receive a pink slip under current layoff criteria.

October 15, 2010

Baltimore Teachers Reject New Contract

Baltimore teachers said thanks, but no thanks, to a new contract that would have based their pay on student outcomes and professional development, instead of seniority and degrees.

October 06, 2010

Settlement Curbs Seniority-Based Layoffs in L.A.

In a development that could have implications for other school districts, the Los Angeles school board has agreed in a lawsuit settlement to curb its reliance on a strict seniority-based method for laying off teacherst.

September 01, 2010

UPDATED: Effects of 'Mutual Consent' on Teacher Turnover, Distribution Probed

Over the long haul, mutual-consent teacher policies don't appear to improve the distribution of inexperienced teachers—or the levels of turnover in high-minority schools. That's the conclusion of a recent analysis by researchers at the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University...

August 04, 2010

Chicago Union Sues to Prevent Layoffs; 'Effectiveness' a Theme

The Chicago Teachers' Union is suing to prevent the school district from laying off hundreds of classroom teachers and instructional "coaches," the Associated Press reports. The district is trying to close a huge funding shortfall, but the union says that the district violated the teachers' due pro...

July 26, 2010

Layoffs: Seniority vs. Effectiveness

Differences in which teachers get cut under a seniority-based layoff system compared with one based on teacher effectiveness are large and persistent, a new analysis of the New York City teaching corps finds. But unless the number of layoffs are considerable, the two approaches don't seem to differ...

June 24, 2010

Chicago's New Union Head Attacks Layoff Policy

Here's an important story from the Chicago Sun Times: The district has just approved a policy for laying off teachers that would dismiss tenured teachers rated "ineffective" before dipping into the ranks of higher-rated novices. Newly elected Chicago Teachers Union head, Karen Lewis, says the polic...

May 21, 2010

Civil Rights Concerns Over Seniority-Based Layoffs

A new analysis asserts that high-poverty, high-minority schools stand to lose more teachers through seniority-based layoff policies.

March 04, 2010

L.A. to Lay Off Teachers, as Seniority Questions Mount

Everyone is all a-twitter (ha!) over the Race to the Top Finalists. But there's another approaching phenomenon that has the potential to affect as many teachers as RTTT, if not more: Layoffs. Exhibit A: Los Angeles has sent out pink slips to 5,200 teachers. Some of those jobs could be saved if the...

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