Editorial: Seniority-only policy should go

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  • Updated: February 27, 2012 - 6:19 PM

Gov. Dayton should help end 'last in, first out' for teachers.

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mgmckeFeb. 27, 12 6:35 PM

“Teachers also have interest in assuring that their coworkers are successful in the classroom. As students move from grade to grade, teachers are better positioned to get a year's worth of learning accomplished if the colleague who preceded them did a good job the year before.” This is the biggest problem with the proposed law. It completely destroys the collegiality aspect of education. What incentive does any teacher have to help their colleague, if come spring, that colleague could be “chosen” instead of them? What kind of mentoring will happen? None! New teachers need mentors and help from experienced teachers. They get it now. They will not under the new system.

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wbgleasonFeb. 27, 12 6:42 PM

Where you have made a BIG mistake is to not have read the actual bill. It effectively eliminates seniority as a consideration in laying off teachers. In the long run, this is a serious mistake that will damage, irreparably, teaching as a career and profession. It is shameful that the Star-Tribune editorial board is unable to understand this. I say this as someone who tries to guide young people into teaching as a career. This legislation ultimately damages teaching as a career for intelligent and caring young people who want to make a contribution to society without disadvantaging their own families economically. As they move into mid-career they will face the same axe that made them positions in this system. It is a race to the bottom that will only benefit those who would sacrifice our children's education to the almighty dollar...

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nasethFeb. 27, 12 6:48 PM

Still and again, a better solution is to let administrators do their jobs and evaluate and cull poor teachers within the existing framework. Half the time, administrators are too busy jumping through the hoops the state and fed have placed before them to do so. I've worked in schools where the principal wasn't even in the building for 30% of the time because they were always at meetings. This "solution" does little more than create a whole new set of problems.

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khaalissFeb. 27, 12 7:45 PM

The comments thus far have been about the adults and not quality education. It is interesting that everyone know that some things has to change to address the educational achievement gap, but no one wants the change to happen to them. Bravo to the StarTribune Editorial staff for this wonderful and insightful position. I hope the Governor is paying attention.

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dflleftFeb. 27, 12 8:09 PM

FINALLY..FINALLY...AND FINALLY there is a good chance we can put in the trash tenure which does NOTHING to help kids. AND I AM FED up with the teachers and union hacks trying to defend it.

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dflleftFeb. 27, 12 8:36 PM

AND HOPEFULLY NEVER AGAIN IN THIS STATE will a young "teacher of the year" be laid off so that the district can keep a horrible teacher.

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thunderFeb. 27, 12 8:46 PM

The Union hacks are the only party to blame for the retention of poor teachers. In most cases, had the administration documented poor performance, made an effort at development of the underperforming teachers and set long and short term goals, bad teachers could be dismissed with the blessing of the Union. You need to also take a look at over paid admin hacks for poor performance.

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django2009Feb. 27, 12 9:23 PM

Layoffs only come in times of budget cuts. Why wait for a budget shortfall to get rid of bad teachers. Teachers who are not cutting it should be put on notice and removed if improvements are not made. The fact of the matter is that bad teachers remain because no one has gone to the trouble to fire them. In St. Paul the union cannot and will not stop it as long as the due process is followed. To follow due process, it only takes 3-5 evaluations and less than six months if no improvements are made.

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django2009Feb. 27, 12 9:24 PM

There is no guarantee that layoffs will be done any better without seniority protection. If principals are not in classrooms they will have no basis for that decision. In many high schools there are over 100 teachers and only one principal. Doing fair and credible evaluations takes time that many administrators don't or can't make time to do. Teachers will be cut for financial (higher salaries) or personal reasons.

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tandabussFeb. 27, 12 9:36 PM

PLEASE Governor Dayton---I supported you over Margaret Anderson Kelliher because you WERE NOT initially endorsed by Education Minnesota--Don't cave to this union! Be for kids first!!!!

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