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Teacher Rules Made Simple: Hire the Best

February 19, 2013
The Intelligencer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Once again, West Virginia legislators are discussing criteria used to hire and promote educators in public schools. The spotlight is on rules that give educators with more seniority advantages in the process.

Opponents of change say seniority is just one of several criteria used in personnel decisions. No changes are needed, they insist.

Often, experienced teachers have a well-earned advantage in applying for promotions or jobs in other locations. It is simply that they have demonstrated they do a good job, and have improved while in the classroom.

But granting preference to more senior educators simply because of longevity makes no sense. Why not just allow school administrators to hire and promote the best people - then hold them accountable for results?

 
 

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