Opening the Door to Teacher Layoffs?

March 20, 2011 – In The News
The Reporter

Bills now pending in the state House and Senate will enable school districts to lay off teachers with flexibility. State Rep. Scott Boyd said the new bill would allow the district to lay off one teacher or one administrator in lieu of eliminating an entire program.

“Even though schools are facing unprecedented economic issues, they can’t furlough teachers for that reason,” said Mark W. Fitzgerald, who spoke to the House committee on education on behalf of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. “There needs to be the flexibility to address staffing needs,” he said. “The other part was to address seniority, to the extent that you are granted a furlough, you have to base it on the last-in, first-out scenario.”

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