Tuesday, June 12, 2012
But she said her bill wouldn't have helped 29 teachers let go at Pines School.
Updated below. State Sen. Pam Wolf (R-51) said Tuesday she felt "frustration" and saw "cruel irony" in getting laid off as a teacher after she shepherded a bill changing teacher-layoff rules through the Minnesota Legislature this year. Wolf, who represents part of Fridley and Spring Lake Park at the State Capitol, also was a teacher at Pines School at the Lino Lakes juvenile detention facility. She and 28 other teachers lost their jobs when the school shifted from Anoka County control to the Centennial School District. She was also chief author of what she called a "reform bill" that would have put an end to seniority determining which teachers districts lay off—the so-called "last-in-first out" or LIFO rule that unions support. The bill …
Gov. Dayton vetoed her 'LIFO' bill; now Pines School has laid her off.
State Sen. Pam Wolf is out of her other job as a teacher at Pines School in Lino Lakes, according to the Star Tribune, along with 28 other teachers laid off as the school moves from Anoka County control to join the Centennial School District. SEE UPDATE: Wolf calls layoff "cruel irony" after her effort to reform how teachers are laid off in Minnesota. Wolf has represented part of Fridley in the Minnesota Senate since January 2011, when she taught right up until the day of her swearing-in as a new Republican senator in the District 51 seat formerly held by DFLer Don Betzold. Now Wolf has been laid off from her position teaching social studies and physical education at the school located within the Lino Lakes juvenile detention center, the …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Senator, who represents part of Fridley, cited Vikings' Tarkenton on LIFO reform.
Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill on teacher seniority Thursday that was authored by Sen. Pam Wolf (R-51), who represents part of Fridley. Wolf's bill, introduced last year to teacher-union criticism, passed the state Senate in February. It would end "last-in, first-out" (LIFO) seniority rules for teacher layoffs. In a veto letter (see PDF), Dayton said Republican legislators "denigrate" teachers, and he derided the bill as "yet another example of this prejudice against public school teachers. Once again, they are singled out as 'the problem,' for which some legislators' solution is to override the long-established rights of local school boards and teachers' elected representatives to negotiate the terms of their employment and their …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Senators representing Fridley are on opposite sides of the issue.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Fridley's state senators butted heads Monday on a bill to change the way school districts decide which teachers go during layoffs. Under the bill, teachers' overall experience and their effectiveness would matter more than their length of service in a particular district in determining who stays on. Wolf's Bill Sen. Pam Wolf (R-51) is the author of the bill, which passed the Senate Monday by a vote of 36-26. The first YouTube video starts with her remarks: Currently, if there's a layoff, teachers are laid off in the order in which they were hired. Hence the term "LIFO" [Last In First Out]. Those who were last in are the first to be laid off. And this is regardless of the amount of experience that a teacher has or the effectiveness that …