Battle to end teacher seniority in Minnesota begins

  • Article by: KIM McGUIRE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 1, 2012 - 6:22 AM

At issue in Capitol fight is a fundamental labor tenet that some say dilutes education quality.

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catman2Jan. 31, 12 1:17 PM

Another top ten list MN does not need to be in. This would be real and meaningful reform but our union owned Gov Dayton will veto it.

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muggsh2oJan. 31, 12 1:17 PM

As an employer, I would go crazy if I had employees who are so protected. The education system is so broken and the powerful education lobbies like Education Minnesota continue to work for the status quo. They don't care about the students. Wipe it out and start over.

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mcleanmJan. 31, 12 1:22 PM

"A move that isn't setting well with teachers unions who believe experience is paramount when it comes to evaluating educators". Experience isn't everything. And I'm not limiting that to teachers. It applies to every field that is controlled by unions. The workers just do not have any motivation to work hard if they do not feel like it.

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bik4u62Jan. 31, 12 1:34 PM

"Many school districts have agreements with teacher unions that allow for some modifications to that rule." So - common ground can, and apparently is, being reached in many districts. Yet our politically-motivated Congress insists on all-or-nothing answers.

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odoyle21Jan. 31, 12 1:38 PM

Another "no-brainer"... my wife is a teacher, and has a number of coworkers that are protected by this seniority crap, while much more effective teachers are being denied tenure.. this in no way benefits students, nor does it motivate continued growth by senior teachers.

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cas002Jan. 31, 12 1:41 PM

More GOP heavy-handedness- this is a local issue

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chisholmJan. 31, 12 1:42 PM

I agree with the fact that seniority and unions do protect some undeserving employees. However, the opposite of this is that without such protection, like in the "private sector", layoffs are based solely on who makes the most in wages, which of course are people who have been there the longest. A lot of well-qualified people will get laid off simply because they make the most money. Then, as a result, you have older people looking for work and we all know about the discrimination that exists out there when it comes to hiring older workers.

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odoyle21Jan. 31, 12 1:46 PM

@bik4u62 - I guess the districts that don't have these agreements should just be stuck.. It should be "all" that have the right to keep the best teachers, rather than the ones that have been there the longest (funny how the ones that have been there the longest, often fight the ones with new and BETTER ideas because they don't want to have to apply themselves to learning new methods that are proven to be more effective..)

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Jakein08Jan. 31, 12 1:48 PM

Yup, give the schools the right to fire the ones who have paid their dues and make the most money. Wonderfull idea by the mean sprited GOP

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borge007Jan. 31, 12 1:50 PM

Isn't it amazing that Republican lawmakers know what is best for everyone-but not themselves.

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