Should teacher tenure be the only factor in layoff decisions?

07/8/2010 | Detroit News, The

A growing number of cities and states are moving to create systems that consider factors other than teacher tenure when making layoff decisions. Lawmakers in Michigan are considering changes to the state's teacher-tenure law, a radical change from the past. In Detroit, a National Board Certified Teacher and former Michigan Teacher of the Year is expected to be laid off because she doesn't have enough seniority. "Some of the strongest teachers in my building are laid off," she said. "A lot of them are questioning whether to stay in Detroit and the profession. It's so sad."

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