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The Disproportionate Impact of Seniority-Based Layoffs on Poor, Minority Students

BY Laura Anderson
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Cristina Sepe and Marguerite Roza

Published in May 2010 by Center on Reinventing Public Education

Looking at the 15 largest districts in California showed that teachers at risk of layoff are concentrated in schools with more poor and minority students. The conclusion is that “last in, first out” policies disproportionately affect the programs and students in their poorer and more minority schools than in their wealthier, less minority counterparts.

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