New Mission

New Mission

My idea is to explore how other countries around the world are dealing with education and special education issues. I’d like to see different successful schools, wherever they may be, up close. I’d like to sit down with directors and administrators. I’d like to speak with government officials who keep a pulse on the education affairs of their communities. I want to learn more about education around the globe through speaking with locals, seeing the schools, and shaking hands with the people responsible for implementing the systems. If you know of any outstanding (public or private) special needs schools in other parts of the world, I’d love to hear about them. If you know any education experts from around the world, I’d love to be introduced to them. Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts or ideas. Read more about my mission.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

LIFO Layoffs

"LIFO," a term generally understood in the context of accounting, is also used in the context of teacher layoffs.  This is because, under current state law, a policy of "Last In First Out" prevails:  the more senior teachers are protected from being fired and the newer teachers with the least time on the job must be fired first.  It makes no sense to have this as an absolute rule.  That would mean that even where the newer teachers are more effective than the more senior teachers, the newer/younger ones must be fired first.  It is horrifying to see the fury with which people like Randi Weingarten have stood firmly by this principle.  I understand how this policy came into being but I cannot understand how it continues to operate as an absolute.  Neither can Mayor Bloomberg, as evidenced by his announcing his intention to rectify this problem.  Kudos.