Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf will allow a bill to become law that weakens teacher seniority protections and gives school districts more flexibility in their rationale for making layoffs.
School districts now will be able to cite “economic reasons” as a rationale for furloughing teachers.
Previously, districts could only slash staff by closing schools, cutting whole academic programs, or pointing to enrollment declines.
State Rep. Steven Bloom, R- Cumberland, said that’s bad public policy.