How do we avoid losing the best teachers rather during the coming budget cuts, and strengthen the faculties at schools that have traditionally had fewer effective instructors? Those are the questions that come to mind reading a pair of stories on the topic of teachers, funding, and quality. The first is from the LA Times, noting that "quality-blind" layoffs ruined some great schools and disadvantaged schools in especially poor areas (When layoffs come to L.A. schools, performance doesn't count) and that efforts to revisit seniority and layoff rules have mostly failed. The second article, via the Hechinger Report, notes that a slew of efforts to persuade proven veterans to go to (or stay at) weak schools have failed, and the remaining options are uncertain (Trying to steer strong teachers to weak schools). What to do?
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