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