ERIC Number: ED203423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reduction in Force.
Chapter 2 in a book on school law discusses the reasons for reduction in force (RIF) and presents a set of model regulations for school districts as the best means of minimizing legal problems resulting from RIF. The reasons for RIF include declining student enrollments; reduced turnover among teachers; changes in programs; and more constrained school budgets because of inflation, lower tax revenues, and unexpected elimination of federal or other funding. When employees must be terminated because of RIF, the school district will usually be faced with several types of legal problems. In dealing with these problems, regulations presented apply only to teachers, administrators, and other certified personnel; noncertified employees are excluded because most of them serve at the pleasure of the board or on short-term contracts. Some state statutes require the same procedure for a RIF as the tenure act requires for justifiable discharge. In such a situation, the statutory procedure, not this model, must be followed. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Declining Enrollment, Dismissal (Personnel), Elementary Secondary Education, Legal Problems, Personnel Policy, Public Schools, Reduction in Force, School Districts, Teacher Dismissal
Not available separately; see EA 013 472.
Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Topeka, KS.
Note: Chapter 2 of "School Law for a New Decade" (EA 013 472). For related documents, see EA 013 472-493.