Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Message from StudentsFirst.org

You and I agree: America's kids deserve an excellent education.

Thank you for helping to put students first by signing our petition on Change.org to pay teachers what they deserve and for joining StudentsFirst in our fight to transform public education.

A great teacher has a tremendous impact on a student's success. But in schools across the country thousands of our best teachers are facing layoffs. This is due to an outdated policy known as "last in, first out" (LIFO) where the last teacher hired is the first fired without any consideration for effectiveness in the classroom.

Learn why current policies are failing our students -- and what you can do about it -- by watching this video:

The sad reality is that with huge budget shortfalls in many states across the country, we stand on the brink of losing some of our greatest teachers if we don't act quickly.

Take a look at our map to learn how teacher layoffs are handled in your state and how you can help to save great teachers:

It's abundantly clear from the research that when it comes to determining a child's success, the most important factor in our schools is the quality of the teacher at the front of the classroom. Every child in every state deserves to be taught by the best teachers America has to offer.

Are you a teacher? If you are, sign up to receive StudentsFirst emails especially for teachers:

Thank you for your interest in StudentsFirst. We'll be in touch again soon with more ways for you to get involved.


Michelle Rhee
CEO and Founder

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