California school districts should revamp the way they lay off teachers.
That’s just one recommendation in a new report by the state legislative analyst’s office. The report says the notification system for teacher layoffs is out of sync with the state’s budget process, and that forces districts to guess about how much money they’ll have for the next fiscal year.
That means more pink slips than necessary are often issued.
The report also suggests that student performance, teacher quality, classroom management, teacher attendance, and leadership be factored into decisions that would help districts retain the most qualified workers.