The move is on–as teachers are laid off, it’s last hired, first fired. There is movement to change that. The other side? Seniority rules and teachers unions, claiming it’s the only objective standard. I’m amazed that this story has gotten so far–in the Wall Street Journal. I was struck by the last line, stating that when it comes to key union contract provisions, like seniority, “the interests of teachers and children are not the same.” How sad is that. That says it all, really. Check out this story. It’ll be interesting to see if it has legs.
(Seniority rules under pressure)

About Miriam

Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, JD, MA—an expert in public education, focused on special education law— is a lawyer, author, speaker, consultant, and reformer. For more than 35 years, Miriam worked with educators, parents, policy makers, and citizens to translate complex legalese into plain English and focus on good practices for children. Now, she focuses her passion on reforming special education, with her new book, Special Education 2.0—Breaking Taboos to Build a NEW Education Law. Presentations include those at the AASA Conference, Orange County (CA), Boston College (MA), CADRE (OR), and the Fordham Institute (DC). Her writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Education Week, Education Next, Hoover Digest, The University of Chicago Law Review on line,, and The Atlantic Monthly on line.

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