As expected, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has vetoed a measure that would have allowed school districts to furlough teachers based on merit instead of seniority

05.19.16 |

The legislative effort would have ended the age-old practice of "first hired, last fired," which reformers say rewards bad educators and punishes good teachers.

But the governor said the bill relies too heavily on a single score from the new teacher evaluation system in making furlough decisions. He added that districts should not use high-stake test scores as the benchmark for teacher quality.

Some Republicans say the governor caved to pressure from the powerful teacher unions.