Court: Agency has no role in teacher layoffs

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals says a state commission has no authority to intervene in teacher layoffs, a key ruling four years after lawmakers diluted the power of unions.

The recently released 3-0 is a major test of a 2011 law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. It makes performance, not seniority, the factor for layoffs.

The appeals court calls it a “dramatic shift” and a “massive redistribution of power.”

Writing for the court, conservative Judge Henry Saad says the State Tenure Commission staffed with Democratic appointees “brazenly” ignored the law in
2012 and 2013.

The court says an administrative agency can’t step into a dispute over teacher layoffs.