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Minnesota Changes LIFO Policy

Yesterday, for MinnPost, Erin Hinrichs covered the changes to Minnesota’s state statute regarding the “last in, first out” layoff policy for teachers. This policy, also known as LIFO, is no longer written in the state statute as the default policy for districts and union leaders who can’t reach an agreement on how […continue]

New Lawsuit Challenges “Last In, First Out” Teacher Layoff Statutes

On Tuesday, a group of Newark families, supported by the nonprofit organization Partnership for Educational Justice, filed HG v. Harrington, a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of New Jersey’s “last in, first out” (LIFO) quality-blind teacher layoff statutes. The lawsuit asserts that New Jersey’s LIFO law violates students’ constitutional right to […continue]

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Bill to End Seniority-Based Layoffs

Yesterday, in a 26-22 vote, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill that would eliminate the state’s practice of seniority-based layoffs and instead base the decisions on teacher effectiveness. According to the bill, seniority would only be used as a tie-breaker determinant when considering the dismissal of teachers who received the same overall […continue]

Evidence Matters

Students Matter. And so does the evidence. Thursday marked an important milestone in the Vergara case: three justices of the California Court of Appeal heard oral argument in the appeal of the groundbreaking case (in case you missed it, check out the unedited audio here). During oral argument, counsel for […continue]