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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]