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St. Paul finds way to retain talented, less-experienced teachers during layoffs

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, March 4, 2013 – Of all the controversies that have polarized teachers, their unions and education reformers in recent years, none has been so thorny as debate over the role seniority should play in teacher layoffs. On the one side, reformers argue that as budgets shrink the status quo has forced school leaders to keep […]

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Rookie teachers feel the brunt of cuts

Steve Brandt, Star Tribune, June 9, 2012 – Teachers in their first three years are still losing their jobs before those with tenure. Dayton vetoed bill that would have curbed seniority rights. Most of next year’s pink slips once again are going to rookie teachers. None of the metro area’s six biggest school districts is […]

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Mike Ciresi on education equity: ‘We’re in it for the long term’

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, May 30, 2012 – Mike Ciresi Mike Ciresi has never been accused of being a quiet man. The most famous of the courtroom victories to come of his four decades as a trial attorney was the $6 billion the tobacco industry paid in 1998 to settle a suit with the state of Minnesota. Before […]

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A poor grade on education for lawmakers

Star Tribune Editorial, May 15, 2012 – Lawmakers didn’t make much progress on education reform. ONE CONCERN “Our members are really worried about integration aid — just about every one of our metro school districts receive those funds. Next June the funding will sunset, but the desegregation rule was not repealed. Will it turn into […]

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Thank You, Governor Dayton

Diane Ravitch’s blog, May 4, 2012 – Public school teachers have endured three years of sustained attacks, since Race to the Top unleashed the nutty idea that student scores on standardized tests are the key to teacher quality. This was ammunition to set off a sustained attack on teachers, especially those with experience, and on […]

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Dayton vetoes overhaul of teacher tenure rules, a top GOP priority

Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, Star Tribune, May 3, 2012 – Gov. Dayton cited “prejudice against public school teachers.” With a veto Thursday of a proposal to upend schoolteacher layoff rules, Gov. Mark Dayton wiped out one of state Republicans’ top priorities. Dayton said the measure was an example of “prejudice against public school teachers” that singled […]

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Dayton vetoes bill that would weaken teacher seniority

Jon Collins, Minnesota Public Radio, May 3, 2012 – St. Paul, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill Thursday that would have forced school boards and teachers unions to consider teacher performance when making layoff decisions, rather than just seniority. The bill was described by supporters as a reform of the “last in, first […]

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No good reason to wait on reform of teacher layoff rules

Pioneer Press Editorial, April 28, 2012 – Gov. Mark Dayton has an opportunity to advance one of Minnesota’s most important education reforms. He should sign into law the measure that would end the so-called “last in, first out” practice of laying off teachers based on seniority, rather than performance. It’s time for this change: A […]

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Senate sends teachers’ seniority bill to governor

Jim Ragsdale, Star Tribune, April 28, 2012 – The Minnesota Senate approved and sent to Gov. Mark Dayton a bill that ends seniority-based layoffs for teachers, a bill that is strongly favored by business groups and bitterly opposed by the teachers’ union. Dayton has said he opposes the bill and will likely veto it. Following […]

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Education group cuts lobby force; well, sort of

Star Tribune, April 28, 2012 – In early March, Education Minnesota dumped 50 State Capitol lobbyists from its roster in just a couple of days. Several of them had been advocating for the teachers union for more than a decade. It is common for a group to release a handful of lobbyists at a time. […]

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