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WV House Ed rejects bill to nix seniority as No. 1 factor in teacher layoffs

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WV House Ed rejects bill to nix seniority as No. 1 factor in teacher layoffs
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

With seven delegates voting for and 14 against, West Virginia’s House Education Committee on Tuesday rejected a bill that would’ve removed the statewide mandate that public school teachers with the least amount of seniority automatically lose their positions when job cuts are made in a particular teaching area.

The bill (SB 401) said the least qualified, as defined by county school board policy, would be the first to go when cuts occur.

Delegates Espinosa, Harshbarger, Higginbotham, Romine, Statler, Upson and Wilson voted in favor of the legislation. All are Republicans.

A group of Republicans and Democrats voted against: Delegates Baldwin, Cooper, Dean, E. Evans, Hicks, Hornbuckle, Moye, Pyles, Rodighiero, Rohrbach, Rowan, Rowe, Thompson and Wagner voted against.

Four delegates, all Republicans, were absent: Blair, Folk, Kelly and Westfall.

To read the entire article go to http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news-education/20170404/wv-house-ed-rejects-bill-to-nix-seniority-as-no-1-factor-in-teacher-layoffs-