Gov. Dayton’s statements on LIFO indicate that the DFL version of education reform isn’t about the children. Here’s what he said that enunciates the DFL’s priorities on education reform:
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton today (March 30) indicated he would not sign a Republican marque education initiative, Last In, First Out (LIFO).
Indeed, Dayton styled LIFO, a push for allowing school boards to determine the order of teacher layoffs based on teacher effectiveness rather than seniority, as part of a Republican “onslaught” against teachers and public employees.
Teachers feel “demoralized,” said Dayton.
Rather than celebrating recent accomplishments in education in Minnesota, Republicans focus on “negative stuff,” the wrongheaded premise that the state’s education system is a wreck, Dayton explained.
I don’t give a damn if teachers feel demoralized. My first priority in this is giving school boards the authority to keep the most effective teachers, not those with the most seniority.
What’s so brilliant about a system that, theoretically, has the authority to keep a fossil with 35 years experience but then is force to terminate a teacher of the year?
Admittedly, it’ll take time to establish verifiable, objective, criteria to judge teacher effectiveness. If that’s what’s needed to put together an objective set of criteria for LIFO, then let’s get started with putting that criteria together.
As for Gov. Dayton’s statement that Republicans think that “the state’s education system is a wreck”, Gov. Dayton isn’t telling the truth. Gov. Dayton can’t point to a single statement from GOP leadership that reflects that thought.
Gov. Dayton isn’t attempting to be honest about why he’ll veto the LIFO legislation. This week, he threw another temper tantrum about charities not jumping on board with the Vikings stadium project.
Gov. Dayton will veto LIFO because his union puppeteers told him that it’s his responsibility to protect them. This isn’t for the children. It never has been. It’s always been about protecting EdMinn.