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GOP Education Bill Rejected Amid Teacher Protests



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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The measure by Republican Senator Bob Huff would allow school districts to base layoff decisions on teacher performance.  Currently, layoffs are based on seniority:

"We should not have a quality-blind approach to those who are teaching our kids. We are continuing to mess up another generation."

Huff says it's too difficult and costly to fire a bad teacher.  Listening to his remarks were about four dozen educators who testified against the bill. Betty Olson-Jones is an Oakland teacher:

"Because I don't choose my students.  They come with all kinds of issues.  They come from homes that are in poverty. It is not fair to judge teachers by test scores or students or schools and it is not fair to discriminate between older teachers and younger teachers.

A similar bill by Huff made it out of the same committee last year, but this one failed, though it may be taken up again in the future
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