Teacher unions wary of governor's push to change tenure system

NORWALK - Local teacher unions say they are wary of Gov. Dannel Malloy's (D-Conn.) plan to change the state's tenure system.

Malloy says he doesn't want to eliminate tenure completely, but rather give districts more flexibility in considering quality in addition to seniority in determining layoffs. Similar plans are being called for in other states, such as New York, New Jersey, and Florida.

Teacher unions fear that without any protections in place, the effective, experienced and therefore higher-paid teachers will be let go in favor of younger teachers.

There is currently no formal legislation proposed, but the state's teacher union leaders say changes should be made on the local level, instead of being mandated by the state.

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