We are watching with excitement to see if the New York legislature passes a bill that would enable principals in NYC to choose which teachers will be let go due to budget cuts. Currently, principals are held hostage to the "first in, last out" rule beloved by education employee unions.
Seniority-based layoff decisions force principals to keep the most senior teachers, regardless of how good or bad their performance has been. Getting rid of this rule would be a big breath of fresh air and untie the hands of reformer administrators. We hope that it will become law.