A California law that dictates teacher layoffs be based on seniority needs to be revoked in favor of one that takes into account job performance, argue Timothy Daly, president of the New Teacher Project, and Arun Ramanathan, executive director of the Education Trust-West. A scorecard method that weighs a teacher's classroom-management skills, attendance and yearly performance as well as experience and out-of-classroom duties would be more effective and could win teachers' support, they write in this opinion column.

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