Time to stop seniority-based teacher staffing

Friday, April 4, 2014

Superintendent Hite recently made a bold announcement: Principals in the School District of Philadelphia would no longer have to use seniority as the sole factor in staffing decisions. School leaders will be empowered to manage their workforce in a way that makes sense for their students.

This will help to keep our best teachers in the classrooms and schools that need them the most - and kids will benefit.

Unfortunately, state law prohibits this in all other districts in the commonwealth. But House Bill 1722 presents an opportunity for Pennsylvania to fix this and protect excellent teachers by reforming the practice of seniority-based layoffs.

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