Capping what State House officials called a “collaborative model for other states to follow,” Gov. Pat Quinn signed an education overhaul bill that makes it easier for school districts to fire teachers and strips many seniority protections teachers had.
Setting the new legislation apart is the support it garnered—sometimes grudgingly—from the powerful Chicago Teachers Union.
Under the law, districts will find fewer obstacles to firing tenured teachers. Layoffs will be based on ability, not seniority. To limit the length of strikes, mediators will be brought into negotiations earlier, and no strike can be authorized until each side’s last best offer has been made public.