Thursday, April 14, 2011

LIFO lives in Olympia . . .

Almost lost in the budget information coming out of the legislature was passage by the Senate of HB 1443 that keeps alive the LIFO (last in/first out) debate.  If enacted, it would require districts in a layoff situation to lay off teachers with the lowest evaluations first.  You can see the League of Education Voters favorable response to the Senate passage and other components of the bill here

Once again, it will be interesting to follow this bill as it is not aligned with the provisions of our negotiated agreement or most others.  Does the requirement mean we can ignore negotiated agreements?  How is "lowest evaluation" defined?  There are obviously many questions that this bill raises - is it another step toward value added?

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