MI school district works around state law to save senior teachers

By Tom Gantert | Michigan Capitol Confidential

In 2011, the Michigan Legislature passed reforms that mandated that teachers could not be laid off based on seniority alone, as was the practice in union contracts.

The law states that teacher effectiveness must be a factor.

But at least one school district has found a way around that law. Language in the L’Anse Creuse Public Schools union contract, which was signed in March 2013 and runs through 2016, states that unless teacher evaluations meet very specific guidelines, layoffs would be based on seniority for all 599 teachers in the district.

Here’s how the Macomb County school district pulled it off.

at Michigan Capitol Confidential.

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