Teacher Layoff Battle Ramps Up
This week, a teacher group backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation unveiled its own proposal for how to lay off teachers. The group, Educators 4 Excellence, said teachers who are chronically absent, have received "unsatisfactory" ratings or can't find a permanent job within six months should be first in line to be let go.
Educators 4 Excellence's plan, which was developed by 11 teachers who have between one and 10 years of experience, says teachers absent more than 8% of the current and previous school year without a medical excuse should face greater peril in layoffs.
"Of course, we want no layoffs whatsoever," said Sydney Morris, a co-founder of Educators 4 Excellence, which has doubled its membership to 1,400 teachers in the past six months. But because layoffs appear to be inevitable, "we want to make sure that a plan is in place to keep the best teachers in the classroom," she said.
Ms. Morris said her policy team had a meeting with the mayor last week and has set up meetings with other politicians and policy makers over the next few weeks to share its proposal.
- NY SCHOOLS
- FEBRUARY 16, 2011