Some 40 teachers who received evaluations of minimally effective or ineffective in the 2012-13 school year were notified of layoffs to take effect at the end of the day on Friday, Nov. 22. The layoff notices are due to the district not meeting its enrollment target of 51,000 students for the 2013-14 school year.
These layoff notices are in accordance with our collective bargaining agreement in which the district is required to give a two-week notice if layoffs are possible. This does not mean all 40 teachers will get laid off, but the district must comply with the notice provision in the collective bargaining agreement.
Those teachers who returned to work this school year as a result of the settlement agreement from the teacher evaluation lawsuit in the 2011-12 school year were exempt from receiving layoff notices because there are no evaluations upon which to score them. The evaluation scores that year were expunged because of the lawsuit.
Keith Johnson, DFT President