Beth Milne is a past member of the 50CAN team. 

In 2013 PennCAN will headline a campaign in Pennsylvania to end LIFO, or “last in, first out, ” which bases teacher layoffs solely on who’s been in the classroom the longest, not who’s made the most difference. 

Despite the shocking number of teachers across Pennsylvania who have recently lost their jobs—more than 1,000 in Philadelphia in 2010, more than 200 in Pittsburgh and 100 in York in 2011—LIFO has not yet become a “mainstream” topic. So PennCAN is working to raise awareness about LIFO and its consequences not only on our teachers, but also on their students.

As part of our campaign to end LIFO, we’re looking for successful teachers willing to share their stories about how they were laid off from their district schools despite achieving great results in their classrooms. Help us find them! Please pass this along to friends and family in Pennsylvania, and tell the great teachers that you know what we are doing.

To share your story, contact Callie Hammond, public affairs manager for PennCAN at 



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