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ERIC Number: ED518130
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
A Smarter Teacher Layoff System: How Quality-Based Layoffs Can Help Schools Keep Great Teachers in Tough Economic Times. Policy Brief
New Teacher Project
The current economic downturn has forced school districts across the country to deal with massive budget cuts over the past two years. In some cases, these cuts led districts to make the wrenching decision to lay off teachers. The basic principle is "last hired, first fired;" newer teachers are laid off before more veteran teachers, regardless of how well they do their jobs. Layoffs are not good for anyone, but they are worse when they result in the loss of top teachers. With so many jobs--and so many children's futures--potentially at stake, districts and teachers unions must act now to reform these outdated rules so that schools will be able to hold on to their most effective teachers if layoffs become necessary. This is especially critical for schools serving students who already face severe educational disadvantages. The first step in designing a smarter layoff system is to solicit input from those it will affect most directly: teachers themselves. Last spring, The New Teacher Project did just that by surveying more than 9,000 teachers in two large urban districts about layoff policies. Teachers in these two districts overwhelmingly rejected quality-blind layoff rules. The results of this survey provide a roadmap for implementing layoff rules that teachers will support and will allow schools to retain their best teachers. Under a quality-based system, layoffs would be made according to several factors, each weighted in accordance with existing research and teacher input. (Contains 2 figures and 13 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Teacher Project