Should Seniority Prevail in School Contracts?

As budgets tighten in tough economic times, contracts get more attention.

As school budgets get tighter and districts look for ways meet the state tax cap, some administrators are looking more carefully at employee contracts.

In particular, contracts that set seniority as the key factor in who gets laid off first in tough economic times is getting more scrutiny. In nearby Huntington, an effort to recommend the elimination of the First In, First Out standard met resistance this week from teachers, and was tabled.

The issue hasn't come up in Farmingdale any time recently, but what do you think of seniority rules? Should they be the main standard when it comes to cutting jobs?

If not seniority, how should districts determine who should stay and who should go? And how should the effectiveness of teachers be judged?

Please tell us in the comments.


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