Michigan: Save Great Teachers from Seniority-Based Lay-offs
  • Petitioned State Sen. Randy Richardville

This petition was delivered to:

State Sen. Randy Richardville
State Sen. Roger Kahn
State Sen. Rick Jones
State Sen. Phil Pavlov
State Sen. Dave Hildenbrand
State Sen. Jack Brandenburg

Michigan: Save Great Teachers from Seniority-Based Lay-offs

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Teachers have a tremendous impact on student success.  Michigan students deserve to have access to the best teachers possible.  

Due to the fiscal crisis, thousands of Michigan teachers could face layoffs this year.  Currently, most Michigan districts lay off teachers based solely on seniority. This policy, known as "last in, first out" (LIFO), means the last teacher hired will be the first fired regardless of performance.  This policy is bad for students, schools and teachers.

Every Michigan student deserves a great teacher. Research shows that, in school, the single most important factor to determine a student's success is the teacher. We must keep Michigan’s effective teachers in the classroom by ending LIFO.    In addition, the bills being considered will require that principals and teachers both agree when a teacher is assigned to a school. Teachers deserve more of a say in where they work. Mutual consent gives them that voice.

The Michigan House passed this legislation with bi-partisan support.   Now the Senate must pass the legislation so it can become law.  Please let key senators know that you want to keep Michigan's best teachers in the classroom.


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    Reasons for signing

    • N Kathleen Kosobud ANN ARBOR, MI
      • about 3 years ago

      I got snookered. I don't support Students First and don't support their undermining of public schools and public school educators. LIFO is not the problem Please remove my name from this list. NOW!!

    • Suzanne Gavette ROCHESTER HILLS, MI
      • over 3 years ago

      I'm signing this for all the hard working teachers out there who help to make the world a better place to live in. This one is for my Grandmother. May she rest in peace!

    • David Holden SALINE, MI
      • over 3 years ago

      I support the legislation put forth as detailed by Senator Randy Richardville to keep the best teachers in the classroom and end an outmoded seniority system.

    • pamela roxberry JACKSON, MI
      • over 3 years ago

      i love the fact that our MI governor gave a huge business tax break, then cut school funding all under the pretense that it will keep our children who are graduating college children here in michigan because there will be so many jobs will come due to the tax break, sure....my son is graduating with a 4.0 as a teacher of kindergarten through 8th grade, sure he'll finda job now......


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