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“I don’t care how long someone has been in the classroom. I want results.”
That’s the view of one principal in Hartford, CT, where Learning Matters producers John Tulenko and Audrey Baker traveled recently to investigate the many sides of ‘last in, first out’ (LIFO), a method of teacher retention in many states. The issue is heated, requires its own vocabulary (do you know what ‘bumping’ is?), and has very serious financial implications — Hartford, for example, is trying to cut $17 million from the budget.
This deep, nuanced look at LIFO aired on Monday, May 9 on PBS NewsHour.
This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
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