Breaking News – RI Ed Commissioner on seniority

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From the Providence Journal:

RI education commissioner Deborah Gist orders school districts to abolish seniority
Sent: Oct 23, 2009 2:02 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Dropping a bombshell on the state’s teacher unions, state Education Commissioner Deborah Gist announced Friday that districts must abolish seniority as a method of assigning teachers.

Gist, in a letter to all superintendents Thursday, said the Board of Regents’ new Basic Education Plan, which takes effect in July, 2010, requires that highly effective educators work with students who have significant achievement gaps.