Veteran educator: Why teacher seniority matters

03/23/2010 | Seattle Times, The

Teacher seniority ensures that students are being taught by experienced educators and protects teachers when they speak out on behalf of students during controversial decisions, argues Patricia Bailey, a veteran Seattle teacher, in this opinion article. Conducting layoffs based on order of seniority is fair and protects higher-quality staffers who have reached optimum knowledge and proficiency in the classroom after five years, Bailey writes.

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