KEEP WASHINGTON’S GREAT TEACHERS!
We want all Washington schools to be great schools — great places to teach and to learn. The key to creating great schools is attracting and retaining great teachers.
Right now, our state is facing difficult budget cuts. Our schools may have to lay off teachers. Most schools in our state use seniority or “years served” as the basis for deciding which teachers are laid off and which are retained. Teaching effectiveness is not taken into account.
Research shows that when teachers are retained based only on seniority; students can lose three and a half months of learning time each year. On top of that, seniority-based policies hurt low-income and turn-around schools because more teachers in these schools are in the beginning of their careers.
When teachers are laid off, students suffer. When layoff policies don’t protect effective teachers, students suffer even more. We need to make a change in Washington today to ensure that we keep our great teachers where our students need them most — in our classrooms.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Contact your legislator and urge them to support legislation that would keep our great teachers in our classrooms.
WHY THE URGENCY?
Estimates show the budget cuts this year will result in the layoff of at least 1,500 teachers.
Some of our turn-around schools, where students need great teachers the most, could lose as many as 25% of their teachers.
Only 2 out of 3 Washington students will graduate high school, and that number is dropping.
Only 1 out of every 2 African American and Latino students will graduate high school. That’s like flipping a coin.
Only 2 out of 5 Native American students in Washington state will graduate high school.
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