New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday he plans to change the city's policies for granting teacher tenure and request the repeal of "last-in, first-out" seniority laws. Bloomberg's plan will deny tenure to teachers -- offered after three years with the school system -- who receive "ineffective" or "developing" ratings under a new value-added evaluation system. Bloomberg will also seek to remove state seniority protections ahead of more layoffs that could be caused by a projected $700 million budget shortfall next year. Union officials are opposed to changes in seniority policy.
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