By Ben Velderman
NEW YORK – During his most recent Fox and Friends appearance, EAGnews Publisher Kyle Olson discussed the sad developments involving Michelle Apperson, the reigning “teacher of the year” in Sacramento, California.
Apperson was recently named the top teacher in the Sacramento Unified School District. But the elementary teacher’s reign proved to be short-lived, as Apperson was recently laid off by the district, due her union’s “last in, first out” policy.
Sacramento school officials are facing a severe budget deficit (made worse by excessive union contracts), and have been forced to lay off a number of teachers. But instead of firing the worst teachers first, union work rules require school officials to base dismissals on a teacher’s length of service.
Olson said the policy was “an insult to teachers.”
“These are policies that were implemented because of the manufacturing unions. Those policies were brought into our schools, and they have no place there,” Olson told Fox host Steve Doocy.
When teachers have the same amount of seniority, Olson explained that some school districts determine layoffs by nothing more than a flip of a coin or by adding up the last four digits of a teacher’s social security number.