The Commonwealth Foundation says Rep. Jim Cox has introduced an important amendment ending the odious Last In, First Out policy, in which teacher layoffs are administered on the basis of seniority.
You won’t find me agreeing with the Commonwealth Foundation on most issues, but this should be an obvious move.
Would it be fair to administer layoffs via a lottery? I think most people would say it wasn’t. And yet using seniority as the criterion completely ignores teacher effectiveness.
The teacher’s unions who are protecting LIFO are essentially endorsing the right wing position that teachers don’t matter. And if teachers don’t matter, then the tea people are right that cutting teaching jobs and school budgets won’t have any impact on education outcomes.
People who think teachers have a measurable effect on student achievement need to get behind ending LIFO.