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School Contracts: Should Seniority Prevail in Port Washington?

As budgets tighten in tough economic times, contracts get more attention.

As school budgets get tighter and districts look for ways meet the state tax cap, some administrators are looking more carefully at employee contracts.

In particular, contracts that set seniority as the key factor in who gets laid off first in tough economic times is getting more scrutiny. Just this week in Huntington, an effort to recommend the elimination of the First In, First Out standard met resistance this week from teachers, and was tabled.

What do you think of seniority rules? Should they be the main standard when it comes to cutting jobs?

If not seniority, how should districts such as Port Washington determine who should stay and who should go? And how should the effectiveness of teachers be judged?

Please tell us in the comments.

jonathan winant August 29, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Rino Your comment is irrelavant to the issue at hand.
Joseph Mirzoeff August 29, 2012 at 07:08 PM
the common denominator in rino's comment (frustration) and the issue at hand is that government increasingly serves itself rather than the public.
Frank Russo August 30, 2012 at 03:07 PM
The current "rules" are last in-first out.. This is clearly NOT in the best interest of students. Layoffs should be based on performance. Teacher performance is increasingly going to come into play, based on changes in Albany policies . Teacher performance should be based on (a) rating awarded by the principal or AP(b) on evaluations of peer teachers---most teachers are fair-minded and will give honest evaluations of fellow teachers, (c) student performance on key tests; (d) surveys conducted on a random basis of parents of K-8th graders and HS parents and students . Seniority can be given a small weighting as well, so as not to penalize higher paid teachers whose performance is close to lower paid ones. .Our organization, the Port Wash. Educ. Assembly--PWEA-- is trying to keep tax increases reasonable while keeping educ. quality high. If you want to get on our mailing list, send your name and address to PWEA, PO Box 203, Port Wash., NY 11050. Frank J. Russo, Jr
Wandell Thomas August 30, 2012 at 11:22 PM
The students suffer, but the TOP ADMINISTRATORS paycheck continues to increase. There is something wrong with this picture!!
Diane Pape August 31, 2012 at 06:09 PM
There are too many crazy parents out there to get rid of tenure so we must have tenure or ele the teachers would be vulnerable to these "I'll have your job" psycho parents. I am a single mother get NO support and these school taxes are killing me. The Port Washington Schools are over-rated they are good NOT outstanding but good. I say do something for the tax-payer get rid of ALl the lazy overpaid teachers in port keep the younger lower pay teachers.

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