Teacher of Year nominee laid off

Nominated for New Hampshire’s Teacher of the Year, Hampton Academy teacher Christina Hamilton received a layoff notice — by cell phone — the same week.  Kevin Fleming, grievance chairman of the teachers union, tells the Portsmouth Herald, “Even though she is recognized as a candidate for Teacher of the Year, they have to go on seniority.” Hampton has taught eighth-grade social studies.

Via EIA Online.

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  1. Wow, if that isn’t a sign of a broken system, I don’t know what is.

  2. Wow– that really is disappointing especially at a time when we need to recruit the best and the brightest to reach our kids that are so in need of good teachers.

  3. I heard someone on NPR that I assume was from the Detroit teacher’s union saying that merit pay was an insult to teachers by suggesting that not all teachers teach the best that they can.

  4. What a shame for the kids who will be losing out on a great teacher because the school is forced to retain some mediocre one with greater seniority…

  5. That happened in OH a few years ago. Expect more of the same over the next few years.

    The trouble is, when the economy is in a downturn, the young teachers always take one for the team. No matter what the teacher’s job performance.

    What I’ve seen in the past may happen again. The districts offer incentives to leave/retire for older teachers. The ones that take it are math and science teachers, who then go to work in either another district, or at a consultant job.

    You never get Social Studies or Phys Ed teachers to take the early buyouts. The only one that do are in irreplaceable fields. The next year, they’re scrambling to fill those positions.

    The state licensing authorities need to put their foot down. Ed schools need to be told “stop creating so many elementary and liberal arts/fine arts teachers”. Put limits on how many applicants can be admitted to schools of ed in those areas. Have no cap for special ed, math, and science (particularly chem and physics).

    Problem solved.

  6. The teachers’ union makes a show of the layoff, but the outcome is what they want: the most junior teachers are laid-off, despite performance.

  7. This is the power of the teacher’s union at work. Protect those most senior, period. Students don’t enter into the equation any more than they do in the office of the school superintendant.