This comment will review the development of due process requirements for teacher reduction in force in Washington, and will consider the specificity of notice required and the use of seniority as a standard for nonrenewals. It will examine the adverse impact of the Pierce decision in implicitly upholding the delegation of staff reduction responsibility by schools' boards of directors to individual building personnel, concluding that seniority no longer holds the preferred position of the earlier interpretation in Thayer v. Anacortes School District, but is modified by individual district policies and guidelines.
Patricia J. O'Hanley,
Reductions in Force Rationale: Teachers "Riffed" in Levy Losses,
51 Wash. L. Rev.
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