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May 15 Teacher Deadline Looms

School districts must give final layoff slips to teachers who were previously put on notice that they may lose their jobs.

Friday, May 4, 2012  |  Updated 2:21 PM PDT
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California protects teacher seniority by using a

California protects teacher seniority by using a "last hired, first fired" policy. Since new, young teachers are almost always first to go, we're in danger of losing a generation of teachers.

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It’s layoff season.

In May, more than 20,000 public school teachers and staff will learn if they’ve lost their jobs. 

California protects teacher seniority by using a “last hired, first fired” policy.

And since new, young teachers are almost always first to go, we're in danger of losing a generation of teachers.

San Francisco and Oakland are challenging the seniority doctrine.

They argue students -- especially those in low-performing schools -- need the most effective teachers, regardless of seniority.  

NBC Bay Area supports this change and endorses the idea of giving local districts greater discretion over how they spend -- and how they cut. 

The rights of senior employees do need protection, but our schools’ first priority is to educate, and we think locally-elected school officials should have the flexibility to do what's best for students. 

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