California ballot measure would replace teacher seniority-based layoffs with performance

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A group of California lawmakers have submitted a ballot measure that would require teachers layoffs to be based on performance rather than seniority. 

A political consultant for the group "StudentsFirst" submitted the ballot measure, Monday. It would require school districts to lay off teachers based on their performance and student test scores. 

According to the group, California is one out of 11 states that mandates when teacher layoffs are necessary, they should be based off of seniority. 

The measure would also streamline the firing procedure for teachers convicted of sex crimes. 

The proposal will have to receive a title and summary from the attorney general's office before the group can begin gathering signatures from the public and then qualify for the 2014 ballot. 



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