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

Cristina Sepe and Marguerite Roza

May 2010

Looking at the 15 largest districts in California authors Cristina Sepe and Marguerite Roza, demonstrate that teachers at risk of layoff are concentrated in schools with more poor and minority students, concluding 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. This Rapid Response paper was published by Center on Reinventing Public Education.