Dear Commons Colleagues,
Today’s NY Times is reporting that Chancellor Joel Klein has approached the New York State Legislature to bypass seniority rules in the event that layoffs are necessary in the NYC public schools. This is a “hot-button” issue that will surely raise the concerns of the United Federation of Teachers. A similar measure was passed last year in the Washington D.C. public schools that allowed school administrators to use performance rather than seniority to lay-off 300 teachers. As the article indicates (see URL below), such a measure in New York would have a difficult time passing the legislature even in such difficult fiscal times.
The NY Times article is available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/25/education/25seniority.html?th&emc=th