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Petitioning State Senator Joseph Uecker and 5 others

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

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Supporters

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

Ohio 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 Ohio to end the short-sighted LIFO policies that continue to force our schools to lay off some of our kids' great teachers.

Letter to
State Senator Joseph Uecker
State Senator Jim Hughes
State Senator Peggy Lehner
and 3 others
State Senator Chris Widener
State Senator Gayle Manning
State Senator Frank LaRose
As a Ohio 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 Ohio, 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. Ohio 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 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.