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Dayton vetoes move away from 'last in, first out' teacher layoffs

Supporters of the bill argue teacher layoffs should be based on performance rather than seniority. In his veto message, the governor said it should be up to local school boards and teachers to negotiate their own terms of employment and dismissal.
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Supporters of the bill argue teacher layoffs should be based on performance rather than seniority. In his veto message, the governor said it should be up to local school boards and teachers to negotiate their own terms of employment and dismissal.

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