ERIC Number: ED226457
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Layoffs, Seniority and Affirmative Action.
Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
As a result of declining enrollment and newly instituted limitations on property taxes resulting from passage of Proposition 2 1/2, school districts in Massachusetts have been forced to reduce the size of their teaching staffs. The Massachusetts Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights sought to determine what steps were being taken to maintain racially diverse public school faculties in the face of teacher layoffs. The 10 papers making up this report were presented at a consultation session hosted by the Advisory Committee for the purpose of encouraging communication among organizations and individuals found to be taking action to lessen the impact of teacher reductions. The introduction to the report explains the background situation and notes common themes appearing in several of the papers. The papers themselves discuss legal, financial, and political issues affecting affirmative action policies and layoffs, the impact of layoffs on both school desegregation and minority representation on faculties, the roles of government agencies in preventing discrimination, alternatives to the layoff of minority teachers, and the provision of assistance to laid off staff members seeking new jobs. Conditions and responses to those conditions in the Massachusetts cities of Boston, Cambridge, Worcester, and Framingham are cited. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Civil Rights, Employment Practices, Government Role, Job Layoff, Legal Responsibility, Reduction in Force, Retraining, School Desegregation, Seniority, Teacher Dismissal, Teacher Integration
Publications, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, New England Regional Office, 55 Summer Street, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02110 (free).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Boston Public Schools MA; Cambridge School Committee MA; Massachusetts; Proposition 2 and One Half (Massachusetts 1980)
Note: Prepared by the Massachusetts Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. For a related document, see EA 015 523. Papers presented during a consultation session sponsored by the Massachusetts Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Boston, MA, August 1981).