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Ala. Teachers' Lobby, GOP Differ Over Layoff Bill

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- In the latest skirmish between the state teachers' association and GOP legislators, lawmakers are pushing a bill to limit the role of seniority in deciding which teachers get laid off during workforce reductions.

The House Education Policy Committee held a public hearing Wednesday.

Republican Rep. Ed Henry says schools should try to keep the best teachers.

Henry's bill says seniority should not be the top consideration during layoffs. Upcoming teacher evaluations, which include how students test scores improve, would also have to be one of the factors.

A lawyer for the Alabama Education Association argued no school systems have seniority as the only, or even the most significant, criteria.

AEA Executive Secretary Henry Mabry criticized the bill saying groups were pushing for teachers to be judged solely on test scores.


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