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Illinois teachers, lawmakers draw up reforms

Apr 14, 2011 12:09:00 AM - chicagotribune.com
State Senate negotiators agree on measure that could curb tenure and strikes and no longer automatically make new teachers the first to be laid off

Ambitious education reforms on the table in Springfield could change how Illinois schoolteachers earn tenure and hold onto their jobs amid tough financial times, with seniority for the first time mattering less than performance. The proposed changes would upend the way teachers long have been treated when financially strapped districts cut staff.