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.