Jonathan Cetel is the founding executive director of PennCAN. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Research shows that seniority-based teacher layoffs disproportionately impact schools that serve high numbers of low-income and minority students. Yet 11 states continue to use seniority as the only factor when it comes to laying-off educators.

Pennsylvania is one of those states. But that could change soon.

Pennsylvanians are demanding a better, smarter way forward and yesterday, the House Education Committee held a hearing to solicit public comment on three bills introduced by Representatives Aument, Grove and Krieger. Secretary Dumaresq and representatives from school boards and other organizations were on hand to offer feedback.

Click here to tweet a thank you to Reps Aument, Grove and Krieger for supporting this issue!

I’m proud to say that PennCAN attended the hearing and joined the growing chorus for change.

My team and some valuable partners are working tirelessly to support policies like these. It’s time that we use data from Pennsylvania’s new teacher evaluation system to inform personnel decisions, like layoffs and tenure, to ensure that our most effective teachers remain where they belong–in the classroom.

After all, excellent teachers are the cornerstone of an excellent education system. Our students deserve the very best, even when our public school systems are facing tough financial times.

That was the message that advocates shared with the House Education Committee. Click here to read some of the testimonies groups like mine submitted.

We will keep you updated as things progress over the coming months.

Thank you for your continued support.


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