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White: 4 districts violating anti-seniority law

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Posted: Oct 18, 2012 2:24 PM
Updated: Oct 18, 2012 2:24 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: new orleans, louisiana, education, chief, john white, superintendent, layoffs, seniority, protection, reform

NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Education Superintendent John White says four school districts are not complying with a law forbidding seniority-based teacher layoffs.

But officials with those districts - St. Martin, St. Tammany, Vermilion and St. Bernard - say their systems comply with the law, by giving seniority a low priority or making it, in effect, a tie-breaker when measures such as effectiveness and performance are equal.

St. Martin Schools Superintendent Richard Lavergne noted that the law says seniority shall not be a "primary" factor in layoffs.

The law was part of a package Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed through the Legislature this year.

White said the state doesn't plan any action against the four systems, but said fired teachers might sue boards that protect teachers based on seniority.

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