Both Joanne Jacobs and Kevin Carey link up Marguerite Roza of the Center on Reinventing Public Education who recommends, in light of forthcoming budget bloodletting, what no one in education has any business recommending: seniority-neutral layoffs.
Seniority‐based layoffs exacerbate job loss. For teachers and other K‐12 employees, that means more will lose their jobs than if cuts were made on some other basis. It also means that schools will be left with even fewer employees to do the job. Kids will see their classes get even bigger, and even more programs will be cut than would be otherwise. And lastly, our national unemployment rates will rise even faster than the budget cuts would suggest .
“Is that that awful list?” a teacher asked me.
“Yep.” Five legal-size pages in eight-point font hanging to the left of the staff copier.
In a seniority ranking of my district’s 154 certificated employees, I weigh into the bottom 10% at #131. To filter the CRPE report through my perspective, I won’t survive even an 5% cut to our personnel budget (assuming no retirements or transfers) because, under seniority-based layoffs, the district won’t just hack off the bottom 5% of the list (which could decimate an entire department were it sufficiently junior). They’ll distribute that cut over each department in order to preserve a certain degree of balance in the master schedule. And in a seniority ranking of my district’s 10 certificated math teachers, I weigh in at #10.
“Some other basis” is the operative policy black hole in the CRPE report. We don’t have another basis.