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Karen Lewis sits outside her home on Sept. 13. She was one of about 100 teachers and social workers in the Schenectady, N.Y., district who were recently laid off via a Zoom call.
Karen Lewis sits outside her home on Sept. 13. She was one of about 100 teachers and social workers in the Schenectady, N.Y., district who were recently laid off via a Zoom call.
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Teaching Profession How COVID-19 Is Hurting Teacher Diversity
Layoffs that are based on seniority can disproportionately affect Black and brown teachers.
Madeline Will, September 14, 2020
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Teaching Profession Philadelphia Teachers to Get Raises After Four Years Without a Contract
But the deal is worth $245 more than the district has budgeted, so some say it could trigger layoffs down the road.
Liana Loewus, June 20, 2017
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Teaching Profession Minnesota Republicans Set Their Sights on 'Last-in, First-out' Layoffs
Lawmakers say they want to give administrators more of a say in which teachers are dismissed during layoffs.
Emmanuel Felton, March 24, 2017
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Teaching Profession Minn. Teacher Tenure Lawsuit Revived
Parents appeal an October ruling that concluded that they hadn't sufficiently linked tenure laws with poor student achievement.
Emmanuel Felton, January 17, 2017
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Teaching Profession Seniority Won't Protect Teachers from Layoffs in a Chicago Suburb
Teachers working in the affluent North Shore school district in Chicago are facing layoffs based on their job performance, not on seniority.
Brenda Iasevoli, December 9, 2016
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Teaching Profession Buffalo Teachers Ratify Contract, Ending a 12 Year Stalemate
Ending a 12-year deadlock between the district and union, public school teachers in Buffalo, N.Y., have inked their first new contract since the last one expired in 2004.
Emmanuel Felton, October 20, 2016
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Teaching Profession Calif. Supreme Court Puts an End to Vergara Saga
After four years and two copycat lawsuits, the California Supreme Court, by declining to hear an appeal of the Vergara case, hands teachers unions a big victory.
Emmanuel Felton, August 22, 2016
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Teaching Profession Pa. Governor Vetoes Bill to Limit Seniority Protections During Teacher Layoffs
The Pennsylvania governor vetoed a GOP-backed bill that would have allowed school boards to base teacher layoffs on teacher evaluation scores rather than seniority.
Madeline Will, May 19, 2016
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Teaching Profession Reactions to Vergara Reversal Point to Continuing Battles, Equity Concerns
Not surprisingly given the history of the case, the new ruling in the Vergara v. California case has been met conflicting reactions—as well as vows on both sides to press for change.
Emmanuel Felton, April 15, 2016
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Teaching Profession Breaking: Vergara Ruling Overturned by State Appeals Court
A California appeals court has reversed the trial court's original ruling in Vergara v. the State of California, the landmark case on teacher job-protection provisions.
Anthony Rebora, April 14, 2016
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Teaching Profession Judge: Lawsuit Targeting N.Y. Teacher Tenure May Continue
Unions say they'll appeal a Staten Island judge's decision March 12 to permit a challenge to the state's teacher-employment protections to move forward.
Stephen Sawchuk, March 13, 2015
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Teaching Profession Study: Novices Often Teach the Youngest, Neediest Students in Their Schools
A new study finds that novice math teachers in a large urban district are more likely to teach the youngest and neediest students in their schools.
Holly Kurtz, February 27, 2015
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Teaching Profession Contested Tenure, Pay Law in Louisiana Upheld on Appeal
The state's supreme court reversed a lower-court ruling, allowing a 2012 revamping tenure and pay rules to stand.
Stephen Sawchuk, October 16, 2014
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Teaching Profession Opinion Adam Bessie: Retiring the "Bad Teacher" Boogeyman
In essence, the "bad teacher" is a not just a basic strawman, but a hologram, an insubstantial projection of whoever you want him to be, whatever you - or your child - perceives him to be.
Anthony Cody, June 16, 2014
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