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Gov. Dayton won't sign teacher layoff bill

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Mar 30, 2012 at 3:19 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he won't sign a bill that would let schools lay off teachers by a system other than seniority.

Dayton says the bill is one of several Republican-backed bills that undermine tenured teachers and unions.

Current state law says schools must lay off teachers by seniority unless districts negotiate their own layoff policy. The bill would let schools consider teacher evaluations first when making layoff decisions.

The bill is set to come out of a conference committee soon. Both chambers would then need to give it final approval before it goes to Dayton.

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