seniority en Tensions flare over staffing rules <p>Relations appear tense between the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers, one of two teachers’ unions in Rhode Island, and State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist.</p><p>Gist sent a letter to Superintendents at the end of January reminding them that state regulations require staffing decisions to be based on performance, rather than the number of years a teacher has been on the job, a practice common in many schools.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 14:32:24 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 9719 at Tensions flare over staffing rules Mass ties teacher performance to hiring <p>Massachusetts lawmakers have <a href="" target="_blank">swiftly</a> passed a bill calling for all school districts to use new teacher evaluations and reduce the role of seniority in personnel decisions.</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 17:06:41 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 8384 at