Retention based on seniority instead of based on merit provides no criteria for improving the quality of the remaining teachers.

So that would seem to reduce the quality of retained teachers to the average. The alternative, retention based on metrics other than hire date, should be a way to improve the quality of the teaching staff.

With all this emphasis in the news on kids’ test scores, why don’t the schools also focus on teachers scores from some rating system?

Keeping better teachers would seem to be a logical goal for our students, or am I missing some point?

Steve Gerken lives in Encinitas.

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Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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