New York takes on teacher seniority

New York's state senate Tuesday voted to end seniority protections for teachers in New York City, WNYC reports, but the measure faces an uncertain fate in the state Assembly.

In a win for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Republican-led state senate narrowly approved a bill that would end seniority protections for teachers in New York City. But it's fate in the Assembly is far less certain.

The bill would do away with the so-called "last in, first out" rule that requires new teachers to be the first to go during layoffs regardless of merit.

Seniority could no longer be the sole criteria. Instead, the city could eliminate teachers with unsatisfactory ratings and other performance issues. Mayor Bloomberg plans to layoff more than 4,600 teachers to close a budget gap. Another 1,500 positions would be lost through attrition.

The measure faces a tough future in the New York Assembly, however, where powerful Speaker Sheldon Silver has come out publicly against the measure.

What if teacher seniority was ended in Pennsylvania? How do you think it would affect schools, unions and education overall?