Coalition Calls For End To Seniority Rules For Teachers

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ An education reform advocacy group is pushing Connecticut lawmakers to prohibit school districts from using seniority to determine which teachers could face budget-related layoffs.

Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN) leaders and supporters say scores of talented newcomers are vulnerable to layoffs this summer while seniority rules will protect others, despite their documented poor performance.

ConnCAN reiterated its call Tuesday for an end to the “last in, first out” policies.

A similar bill died in a legislative committee, but ConnCAN hopes to convince lawmakers to add the change as an amendment to an active bill.

Connecticut’s largest teachers’ union says decisions about layoff procedures should be negotiated locally, not mandated by lawmakers. The Connecticut Education Association also says four-fifths of districts they represent use factors beyond seniority in those decisions.

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