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Petitioning Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and 1 other

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

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As many as 160,000 teachers across the country will lose their jobs this year due to massive budget cuts that states, including Minnesota, are facing.  

What’s even more devastating is that our children will lose thousands of great teachers because of antiquated “last in, first out” LIFO policies, which force out some of our best teachers, regardless of how good they are.

Minnesota currently requires the use of these types of policies, which essentially base layoff decisions on seniority rather than performance quality.

Research shows that when districts conduct seniority-based layoffs, we end up firing some of our most effective teachers. Our kids deserve better.

Put simply, teachers who change their students lives in the classroom should never be rewarded with pink slips. 

Take action today to urge Governor Dayton and Education Commissioner Cassellius to end the short-sighted LIFO policies that continue to force our schools to lay off some of our kids' great teachers and to make sure Minnesota identifies and saves great teachers.

Letter to
Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius
Minnesota Governor
As a Minnesota resident, I'm writing today to urge you to save our state's great teachers!

As many as 160,000 teachers across the country will lose their jobs this year due to massive budget cuts that states, including Minnesota, are facing. What’s even more devastating is that our children will lose thousands of great teachers because of antiquated “last in, first out” LIFO policies, which force out some of our best teachers, regardless of how good they are.

Research shows that when districts conduct seniority-based layoffs, we end up firing some of our most effective teachers. Minnesota currently requires the use of these types of policies, which essentially base layoff decisions on seniority rather than performance quality. I don’t believe tenure should dictate the quality of our children’s education.

I am counting on you to lead the important effort to enact laws that identify great teachers through a fair and consistent evaluation system and that Save Great Teachers by requiring school districts to keep our best teachers in the classrooms where they belong.

Please put our students first, and champion legislation that eliminates LIFO polices.