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February 23, 2010

"Last Hired, First Fired" Back in the News

Two big pieces came out last week on "last hired, first fired" layoff policies in school districts, no doubt due to the continuing poor economy and the looming "funding cliff" created by the economic-stimulus legislation. I wrote about this not-well-publicized policy a while ago, so it's heartening...

February 22, 2010

Denver Seeks to End Forced Teacher Placements

Denver, home of the ProComp pay system, "professional development" schools, and two teacher "residency" programs, is now trying to break ground on teacher assignments. Superintendent Tom Boasberg has issued orders to end the policy of the forced placement of teachers who have been "excessed" into l...

February 12, 2010

R.I.'s Race to the Top Plan Tackles Teacher Assignment

In its Race to the Top plan, Rhode Island says that it will direct districts not to allow a student to be taught by more than one year by a teacher deemed "ineffective."

February 10, 2010

Houston Considers Ending Master's "Pay Bump"

Houston chief Terry Grier considers whether granting pay bumps to teachers who hold master's degrees is cost-effective.

January 11, 2010

UTLA in Favor of Peer-Assistance Programs, Site-Based Hiring

The Los Angeles teachers' union spells out its views in an editorial.

December 02, 2009

Arizona Takes on Seniority

A few weeks back, I mused whether we'd see more state and local action to review seniority provisions, since it seemed like states were doing a lot on evaluation and pay, but not the related issue of seniority. Somehow I missed the action in Arizona. A state law that recently took effect there pro...

October 26, 2009

UPDATED: Will Reforms to Seniority Catch On?

Rhode Island Commissioner Deborah Gist has instructed districts to work to eliminate hiring practices based on seniority provisions when the districts' collective bargaining agreements come up for renewal this year. (Hat Tip to Eduwonk.) She wants hiring to be based on performance-based criteria ins...

February 26, 2009

Philly's Ackerman Seeks Power to Transfer Teachers

Philadelphia superintendent Arlene Ackerman recently unveiled her Imagine 2014 initiative. Part of this education-reform plan includes closing and restructuring a number of low-performing schools around instructional models with "proven track records" for success. These schools will be deemed Renais...

February 23, 2009

Teacher "Bumping" in Rhode Island: Contracts, State Law, and NCLB

The nation's smallest state certainly can't say it has a timid state education leader: Rhode Island Commissioner Peter McWalters is taking on the controversial issue of "bumping" in Providence schools. Providence, like many other districts, operates under a collective bargaining agreement that hand...

February 23, 2009

"Last Hired, First Fired" - Make Your Voice Heard!

Last week, I took a long look at seniority-based layoff policies in this story. But we also have an edweek.org poll on the topic, asking readers to vote on whether or not they agree with such methods of reducing the workforce. Right now, it's in a statistical dead heat. Make your voice heard!

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