- The Chicago Tribune reports that the deal the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and Chicago Public Schools hoped to make Thursday has been held up over number crunching and the recalling of laid-off teachers.
- Dylan Matthews at The Washington Post looks at the “last in, first out” (LIFO) policy being debated in regards to layoffs and recalls and points to research on the subject.
- Studies from the University of Washington and the Urban Institute using factors other than seniority when laying off teachers.
From the article:
"... As a general policy, 'last in, first out' (or LIFO) has generally negative effects on student achievement. A study by Dan Goldhaber and Roddy Theobald at the University of Washington found that under Washington State’s LIFO rule, laid off teachers were only slightly worse than average, whereas if an effectiveness measure were used instead, the layoffs would have been concentrated on poor teachers ..."