White: 4 districts violating anti-seniority law

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Associated Press

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 6:04 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana Education Superintendent John White says four school districts are not complying with a law forbidding seniority-based teacher layoffs.

But officials with two of those districts — St. Martin and St. Tammany — say their systems comply with the law by giving seniority low priority when layoffs are needed. Officials in the other two parishes, Vermilion and St. Bernard, were not immediately available for comment.

The law was part of a package Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed through the Legislature this year.

St. Martin Schools Superintendent Richard Lavergne noted that the law says seniority shall not be a "primary" factor in layoffs.

White said the state doesn't plan any action against the four systems, but said fired teachers might sue boards that protect teachers based on seniority.

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