Friday, April 23, 2010
There will be some great young teachers looking for work this summer
Here's another way that the bureaucratic and unionist model for education leaves us with horribly unfortunate results.
The Jordan School District, facing budget shortfalls, will be laying off up to 250 employees, including teachers for next school year. If you were in that situation, whom would you lay off? If you're like me, it would be the lower performing teachers, in favor of those that get better results.
But can the district consider such things when deciding whom to keep in their crowded classrooms next year? Nope. They have to go by strict seniority--years of service in the district, a judge has ruled.
From the Trib: "the court ruling, which Jordan has pledged to follow, means less-experienced teachers could be bumped if more senior district employees lose their positions and want to go back to the classroom. For instance, administrators and curriculum specialists who have teaching certificates likely will out-rank first-year teachers."
That could be great news for charter schools, if quality teachers are let go for more experienced bureaucrats returning to the classroom, charters can scoop them up at tremendous value. Thanks, UEA!