Teacher layoffs are based on seniority, not performance -- so younger, inexperienced teachers are being let go. This isn't just academic madness. This isn't just unfair to instructors. It's fiscal madness -- since the state is throwing away money spent on educating teachers.
During a week when the state's leading teachers' union was protesting at the Capitol, a bill -- SB 355 -- to fix this problem came up for consideration. What did the unions do? They blocked the bill of course, citing the difficulties of finding adequate performance measurement. More details here.
The unions have been portraying those who support measures like this as teacher haters. But if you want to understand why the backlash against unions is authentic, examine actions like this.