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Senate Passes LIFO Reform Bill

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