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School Contracts: Should Seniority Prevail?

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. In nearby Huntington, an effort to recommend the elimination of the First In, First Out standard met resistance this week from teachers, and was tabled.

Plainview has had no such discussion, but 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 determine who should stay and who should go? And how should the effectiveness of teachers be judged?

Please tell us in the comments.

john August 29, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Once teachers are tenured, can they be let go ? All school districts must cut administrative compensation packages across the board." That's what the other guy's are getting" should not be the justification for these outrageous salaries. NO ONE, and there are many besides superintendants, should earn more than the school chancellor for the entire NYC school system. Look at all the days off on the school calendar. If they worked all year they'd be making close to a million dollars, and that's outrageous. It' "ALL FOR THE CHILDREN" !... REALLY ???
JOE August 29, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Tenure should be eliminated. It is almost impossible to get rid of teachers who are substandard. Seniority should be kept. Last one in frirst one out
evelyn August 29, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Nice job Patch stirring the pot in plainview. Do your Homework and see that plainview teachers are Not highly paid compared to many LI disticts. Tenure only guarantees due process! Make sure you cover all aspects of this issue! Teachers did not cause the economic problems in America! There should be more outrage over what Drs and lawyers charge. PS...I'm not a teacher!
john August 29, 2012 at 06:06 PM
What others are getting should not set the standard for any of these salaries. They are all overpaid, as we wind down from summer vacation, not to be confused with the various "breaks" and numerous holidays. What is your interest in this if your not a teacher? You sound like you are sticking up for someone .
JOE August 30, 2012 at 02:58 AM
due process is not part of tenure . It is almost impossible to get rid of a teacher . I wonder how many tenured teachers were removed in the last few years . Also don't always go after the teachers for there contracts . What about the fiscally irresponsible and incompetent school board members who voted for these labor contracts . Our school taxes keep rizing and what do the residents do? keep voting in the same board members, so who really is to blame ? residents , thats who

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