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We asked readers “If the state put you in charge of San Diego Unified School District, how would you fix things?”
Regarding fixing our schools, I think it is ludicrous that the teachers with the least seniority get laid off. It is a lazy way to operate.
There are a lot of highly effective teachers entering the ranks who get laid off just because they are new, while there are senior teachers who have lost their effectiveness, but are kept on.
We are digging ourselves a hole by trimming new talent before it has a chance to mature.
Inexperience should not be effectively equated with inability. Apply layoffs proportionally to all seniority levels. It takes more work to ferret out which to lay off, but the system will benefit from the effort, allowing more new teachers the opportunity to become experienced.
Paul Girard lives in San Diego.
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