- Associated Press - Thursday, May 4, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey judge has ruled that layoffs of public school teachers must be based on seniority.

NJ.com reports (https://bit.ly/2qwo3fd ) that Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of parents from Newark Wednesday. The group argues that laying off teachers with the least seniority violates students’ constitutional rights.

Donna Chiera, President of the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey, says that schools need seasoned teachers.

Newark Teachers Union President John Abeigon adds that taking away seniority protections would enable districts to fire high paid veteran teachers to meet budget constraints.

The group of parents argues that the “last-in-first-out” rule overlooks evaluating the quality of teachers and leads to bad placements which ultimately hurt children.

Judge Jacobson dismissed the case without prejudice.

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Information from: NJ Advance Media.

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