California considers following new Florida layoff law
Florida ended its last-in, first-out seniority based teacher layoff rules a year ago with the adoption of Senate Bill 736. With budgets looking grim despite lawmakers adding money back to the public education budget, this could be the first year we see how districts will use teacher performance as part of the rationale for any pink slip decisions they make.
Now California leaders are taking a look at adopting a similar rule, the LA Times reports. A legislative analyst is advising alternatives to the LIFO rule, stating that while letting go the least senior teachers is easy, it also can lead to a lowering of education quality.
The Times notes that the analyst also offers another suggestion that Florida might find useful:
"The report recommends that the initial deadline be pushed back to June 1, aligning the process more with the state budget cycle. This would allow districts to have more accurate fiscal information, reduce the number of layoff notices sent, and improve teacher and school morale, the report said."
We still have not learned from any of our local districts how they will deal with the demise of last-in, first-out this year, with new evaluations still being challenged by teachers and hiring decisions due before FCAT results are expected to arrive. We'll be keeping an eye on this issue. Let us know what you hear.