A 5 percent budget cut for Tacoma Public Schools could trigger layoffs for one quarter to one half the teachers at “turnaround” schools, concludes a study by the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington.
“Last in, first out” policies disproportionately affect Washington state schools receiving federal School Improvement Grants (SIGs). intended to transform chronically low-performing schools.
Many teachers in these schools are newly hired, chosen on the basis of high ability and commitment to education of disadvantaged children.
In Washington’s SIG schools, about 23% of teachers are in their first three years of teaching. That’s nearly twice the proportion of new teachers in other schools in the same districts.
LIFO layoffs could destabilize schools and undermine turnaround efforts, the study warns.
Under a court-ordered settlement, Los Angeles schools with high-need students and young teachers will be protected from layoffs.
Education Experts are discussing how to measure teacher effectiveness on National Journal.