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Last year, Mary Mouring won the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award from the University of Southern California and the Education Consortium of Central Los Angeles. Mary was committed to the students she taught, and saw their test scores increase over the course of the year they worked together.

And what was her reward for helping her students achieve?

A pink slip.

Because of short-sighted "Last In, First Out" (LIFO) policies that lay off teachers based on seniority, Mary, who was relatively new to her school, was one of the first to be laid off -- despite her students' success.

Unfortunately, the LIFO policy that led to Mary Mouring's students losing their great teacher isn't an exception. Most states in the U.S. have similar policies in places.

In this current fiscal crisis, with at least 160,000 teachers facing imminent layoffs, we risk losing some of the best teachers in America.

StudentsFirst is launching a national campaign to save these teachers from the upcoming wave of layoffs.

Take action today: pledge to join the fight to save great teachers because effective teachers belong in the classroom.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Aaron Shuman SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      as i sit here about to read mumia abu jamal's fbi files (which begin in 1969, when he was 15)--and think about something i posted yesterday about john paul stevens, who was in his early teens in the 1930s, when the supreme court moved out of the basement of the us capitol into its own building and became the "overseer" of federal prison industries/unicor--of course it is horrible whenever a great teacher is fired, and of course teachers should not have to struggle with the military for the resources they need to teach and their students need to be able to learn.

    • Daniel Neal SACRAMENTO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I also OPPOSE THIS PETITION. I didn't realize that this was an astroturf anti-union petition.

    • Andrew Large WASHINGTON, DC
      • almost 3 years ago

      I did NOT intend to sign a UNION-BUSTING petition! Rhee-publican slimebags are tricking good citizens into supporting their hate campaign against the Teaching PROFESSION. They want to disempower and deskill teachers, and make teaching just a job. HELL NO.

      The Rhee-publicans are such a bunch of creeps.

      If CHANGE.ORG: my name is now duplicated on this petition; your numbers are flawed. If you ever get around to sorting out duplicates, you should do the right thing and take my name off this petition TWICE.

    • Victoria Hagge OMAHA, NE
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because education is the first line of defense!! It is the foundation to success. Great teachers deserve the respect of all taxpayers. The have a significant impact in the life of a child. For some children, it is the difference between success and failure.

    • Darren Haber LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Teachers deserve good pay.


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