House OKs measure to make performance part of decisions about teacher layoffs

Currently Minnesota uses a last-in, first-out system when it comes to teacher layoffs. But the House majority leader says there's no need for the state to be "quality blind" in deciding who gets laid off.
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Currently Minnesota uses a last-in, first-out system when it comes to teacher layoffs. But the House majority leader says there's no need for the state to be "quality blind" in deciding who gets laid off.

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