She takes it to the pages of the magazine, now available online to subscribers, with a column on Last In First Out, the widespread practice that determines teacher layoffs based on seniority. Her anecdote:
Simo, 46, had gone through the rigorous process of getting National Board certification and had glowing reviews from parents. But she was new to the district last year, having moved for the sake of her husband’s military career to Nevada after a decade teaching in Florida. That made her first in line when word of layoffs arrived in April, despite her success. “I was saddened and disappointed,” says Simo, who has since left public education for a private school.