Seniority-based layoffs are unfair to low-income students, who are the most likely to lose their young teachers, claims an ACLU lawsuit against Los Angeles Unified, the LA teachers’ union, the state education board and the governor.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the board of education have switched sides: They agree with the ACLU. From Educated Guess:
In February, ACLU of Southern California and pro-bono attorneys with the group Public Counsel sued on behalf of students at three low-performing, high-minority middle schools in Los Angeles, where there has been a constant churn of teachers that lack seniority and an inability to find permanent replacements for them. Some of the schools have had underqualified teachers or substitutes for several years.
Schwarzenegger is backing SB 955, which would end a state law requiring layoffs by seniority in most cases. Last week, the board voted unanimously to support the lawsuit.
Of course, the ACLU also wants more funding for low-performing, high-minority schools. The governor is proposing to spend less on K-12 education.
The ACLU also wants the state to require districts to end seniority-based layoffs; the proposed law would allow districts to set their own lay-off policies.