Republican Education Reform Garners Support from LA Mayor Villaraigosa

Requires End to Last In, First Out (LIFO)Teacher Layoffs
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A bill to allow school districts to protect great teachers by basing staffing decisions on job performance, and not seniority, will be heard Wednesday April 24 in the Senate Education Committee this week.   The bill has earned the support of Los Angeles Mayor and former California Assembly Speaker, Antonio Villaraigosa.

Senate Bill 453, authored by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R- Diamond Bar) will allow school districts to stop making staff decisions simply based on a teachers date of hire – otherwise known as “Last in, First Out” (LIFO).  Instead, school districts will make staffing decisions based on how well a teacher is educating students.   SB 453 allows local school districts to spare great teachers while fostering excellence in education.

In a letter stating his support, LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the bill “allows districts to ensure that every student benefits from the best teacher possible.”

A single year of below average instruction can set back a child’s education for years to come, and can even derail their long term education success. 

“With passage of this bill, our children will no longer be subject to an arbitrary system that does nothing to improve the quality of their education,” said Huff.  “It is currently illegal for a school to retain their best teachers. That kind of policy is indefensible. It’s bad enough when districts have to layoff teachers to make ends meet.  But our kids deserve the best, and nothing should get in the way of that.”

SB 453 also calls on school districts to establish a rigorous, fair and transparent teacher evaluation system based in part on students’ outcome data.  The bill is supported by diverse groups including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the Congress of Racial Equality of California, the California School Boards Association (CSBA), the California Chamber of Commerce, Voice for Our kids, Parents for Quality Education, Parents Advocate League, and Democrats for Education Reform.

What:  SB 453 in Senate  Education  Committee
Where: Room  4203
When:   9:30am – 1:30pm