West Virginia Teachers Forced to Draw Numbers to See Who Keeps Their Job

January 19, 2017

Drawing NumbersIt’s a tough time for teachers around the country, as school districts announce layoffs to counter budget cuts. But one district has a very unusual way of deciding which teachers to let go.

Local news reports that 70 positions will have to be cut in Kanawha County, West Virginia, due to budget problems. How did they choose whom to axe for the 2017-2018 school year? They asked the teachers to draw numbers from a hat, and teachers aren’t happy about it.

Rebecca Rhett, a local kindergarten teacher, told local news that 34 teachers were forced to draw a number from a hat, and teachers that drew 1-24 were guaranteed their job for the next school year. “If you drew number one through 24, you get to keep your job or a job,” Rhett said. “I was already crying before I went up because I was frustrated, so when I drew the 28 I just left”.

Rhett says all of the teachers there had one thing in common, their start date with the school district. Every one of them started in August of 2016. “I looked around the room and it appeared most people were very young.” Rhett said “Probably right out of college or not too far out of college.”

  • texexpatriate

    That’s probably more fair than anything else. You certainly cannot use performance criteria for new teachers.

    • Retired

      Time to kill the educators Unions and get rid of the non performing dead wood .

  • Rodney Steward

    I’d walk around the parking lot and the cars that have Clinton or old Obama stickers on them get canned right off the bat, ad let the rest draw numbers!

    • texexpatriate

      I like that!

  • paul filing

    I’ve got a novel idea. Fire according to one’s merits, not one’s luck. Include political leaning in the analysis.

    • texexpatriate

      In teaching it is nearly impossible to document performance criteria, period. For new teachers it is impossible.

  • Paul Morris

    Well, they’re union, and with a union it’s last hired, first fired. The government can’t balance a budget, what do you expect?


    Oh well. Them’s (spelling intentional, just a dig for the “teachers”) the breaks!


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