The New Jersey policy that protects teachers with seniority is here to stay. After a two-year effort to overturn the "last in, first out" strategy, the New Jersey Supreme Court said it won't be reviewing a lower-court ruling that dismissed a lawsuit challenging the guidelines.
The lawsuit had argued that tenure laws and job protections make it nearly impossible to fire teachers that are incompetent. On the other hand, teachers' unions said that those same laws and protections help prevent schools from targeting veteran teachers that make the most money.
A New Jersey Education Association spokesperson said that the state has an evaluation system for teachers so if an educator routinely receives poor evaluations they could be fired.
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