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Rise & Shine: Poll finds 85% of NYers oppose seniority layoffs

On layoffs law:

  • A new poll says 85 percent of New Yorkers favor doing away with seniority layoff rules. (AP, NY1)
  • Gov. Cuomo said he supports “an objective evaluation strategy for layoffs” over seniority rules. (Post)
  • Lawmakers introduced a bill to change how teachers are laid off. (GothamSchools, WSJ, Daily News)
  • Marcus Winters: Layoffs by lottery would be better for student achievement than “last in, first out.” (Post)
  • The Daily News says Cuomo should support the bill with his budget that’s due next week.
  • The Post says Cuomo’s support would give the bill the defense it needs against union opposition.

In other news:

  • Randi Weingarten unveiled a plan that would give U-rated teachers a year to improve or be fired. (Times)
  • City students lag behind the state and nation in science. (GothamSchools, Times, Post, NY1, Daily News)
  • Parents at PS 18 in Middle Village, Queens, are fighting to keep the gifted program open. (Daily News)
  • Defenders of PS 114 rallied in advance of the school’s closure vote next week. (GothamSchools, NY1)
  • The New School for Leadership and Journalism has ended its journalism program. (Riverdale Press)
  • Ninety-five UFT staff members earn more than $100,000, up from 69 in 2005. (Post)
  • Students from hundreds of middle schools are playing in a citywide 3-on-3 basketball tourney. (NY1)
  • The Daily News says the UFT’s spending on salaries and fêtes is too lavish.
  • Texas is trying to cut down on the proliferation of highly paid school district administrators. (Times)
  • Public schools in the Bay Area have increasingly been turning to private fundraising. (Times)

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