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More than Just Seniority: Fighting for the Rights of Students and Communities

More than Just Seniority: Fighting for the Rights of Students and Communities

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When layoffs are necessary, California state law requires school districts to do so on a “last in, first out” basis. Newer teachers are laid off first, regardless of how well they do their jobs. This system is especially damaging to schools serving the highest numbers of low-income students, which are more likely than others to experience layoffs and mass personnel shuffling. But it doesn’t have to be this way. State law provides school districts with the authority to deviate from the “last in, first out” layoff process, under certain conditions.

The Education Trust-West has put together a set of tools to embolden district leaders, parents, community members, and advocates to act on children’s behalf. School districts should be compelled to make difficult layoff decisions in a way that protects the equal educational opportunity of high-need students.

Resource Guide: Protecting School Communities from the Unequal Impact of Seniority-Based Layoffs

This two-page brief is a primer on the existing rights that school districts can use to protect their highest-need students from the impact of seniority-based layoffs.

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  • Protecting School Communities from the Unequal Impact of Seniority-Based Layoffs

Tipping Point: Documenting the Movement to End Seniority-Based Layoffs

A collection of media clips that covers the devastating effects of seniority-based layoffs on students to highlight a growing awareness in ending this harmful practice.

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