Connecticut: It's Time to Change Teacher Layoff Policies
  • Petitioned Connecticut State Senate

This petition was delivered to:

Connecticut State Senate
Connecticut State House
State Rep. Andrew Fleischmann
State Sen. Andrea Stillman

Connecticut: It's Time to Change Teacher Layoff Policies

    1. Sponsored by

      ConnCAN, the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now

Connecticut’s school districts have faced a rocky economic road for the past few years, and teacher layoffs have become an inevitable part of the equation.

Without legislative intervention, great new teachers may lose their jobs while teachers with a documented history of poor performance remain in the classroom.

Why? Because districts haven’t been freed from the “last-in, first-out” teacher layoff policy – a policy that will guide layoffs in most districts. Connecticut needs smarter staffing policies, and ending “last-in, first-out” is an important first step.

Connecticut can end "last-in, first-out" in a way that is fair to both students and teachers. Districts have evaluation systems that already place teachers in categories like “intense supervision,” which signifies documented, ongoing incompetence. We also know that teachers have specialized training in particular subject areas that should be preserved when possible. Why on earth wouldn’t we let districts make layoff decisions based on those factors, rather than only on teacher seniority? 

Legislators have the chance to change this ridiculous policy – and there’s simply no good reason not to.

Please tell your legislators and the co-chairs of the legislature's Education Committee that you believe we need to end this damaging practice this year.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Margarita Nieves EAST HAVEN, CT
      • over 3 years ago

      A couple of the longest-teaching teachers I had in high school were the WORST. They stopped caring about the students who were lost in a sea of bad-eggs and just talked to the board, not even bothering with the kids who wanted to try hard because they were tired of the kids who didn't.

      And today! My boyfriend is a WPI physics graduate with 300 teaching hours already, yet he can't find a job because they want 5 years experience. He has taped lessons, along with student tesimonials about how great a teacher he is, and reccomendations from other teachers who've seen him teach!

      The system is flawed and needs to change.

    • Ruth Shaw BRIDGEPORT, CT
      • over 3 years ago

      All my children goes to the same school, (MCM) i like it there and they too. I know they are doing a great job with the children because if it weren't for them my children would not be getting the help they need each time their grades start slipping. They encourage them and push them to succeed.

    • Dale Dauphinais DANIELSON, CT
      • over 3 years ago

      only sociaists disagree with employment based on merit

    • N'Zinga S. Shani NEW HAVEN, CT
      • over 3 years ago

      It is time to END a policy that clearly discriminates against talented teachers and guarantees jobs for life for incompetent ones. That is exactly what "last-in, first-out" teacher layoff policy does. It needs to be changed. The education of CT's children, the future of our state and the future of our nation depend on having the BEST teachers in our classrooms.

    • Drew Chase SIMSBURY, CT
      • over 3 years ago

      As an individual who has experienced many long-time teachers whose teaching policies I can only describe as abhorrent, I can easily say that this movement could improve our abortion of an educational system substantially.

      Please do the right thing.


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