Thursday, March 10, 2011

Day Eight at the Legislature

Yesterday a bill was passed that will have long-term, unintended, and maybe some intended consequences.  The legislature passed SB 73 Substitute - Public School Teacher Tenure Modifications (H. Stephenson).  The bill says, "A school district may not utilize a last-hired, first-fired layoff policy when terminating school district employees.  A school district may consider the following factors when terminating a school district employee:  the results of an employee's performance evaluation; and a school's personnel needs."  See Salt Lake Tribune article for more.

Representative Joel Briscoe tried to amend the bill to be less harsh, but his amendment failed.  This bill is waiting for Governor Herbert's signature. 

JEA will work with career employee members who are being laid off without the District considering evaluation or school need.  The bill does not have an effective date, so it will most likely go into effect July 1, 2011.

I will post a summary of the legislature where you can find information about the bills that passed and the impact those bills will have on your daily work and career.

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