Senate Passes LIFO Reform Bill

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 - 06:16 PM

In a win for Mayor Bloomberg, the state senate narrowly approved a bill that would end seniority protections for teachers in New York City. But its fate in the state Assembly is less certain.

The bill would do away with the so-called "last in, first out" rule requiring school districts to lay off new teachers first when cutting back staff, regardless of how good they are.

Mayor Bloomberg in a statement says the bill "puts the needs of our children first."

Earlier today, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, said he thinks the bill isn't necessary. He says the state is coming up with a new teacher evaluation system that will make it easier for districts to keep good teachers and get rid of bad ones.

-Beth Fertig


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I am an older teacher, not yet top salary, with a mobility disability. I have at least 7 years before I can even think of retiring. LIFO protects teachers like me. If LIFO reform passes through, I feel my career will be over. I will be targeted for two reasons - salary and mobility disability. I have already been harassed by my admininstration because of my mobility issues. I walk with the assistance of a cane and cannot walk stairs. Without the protection of LIFO I am doomed. Budgets and nepotism will rule - it won't be how good you are - it will be who you know and how cheap your salary is.

Mar. 02 2011 03:29 AM

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