"I know it is, because I do it every year," he said.
Stowers told Boucher that he thinks more flexibility in hiring would be helpful. He has heard that teachers shy away from applying for positions simply
because of fears that seniority alone will determine who is hired.
"If teachers knew that they have a better shot than they do now, I think you'd get more applications from within the school system," Stowers said.
"There needs to be more to hiring a teacher than just seniority."
Experience does matter, but so do many other things. The Legislature needs to give principals the power to hire the best person for the job.
If loosening the stranglehold that seniority has on hiring decisions resulted in a broader, deeper pool of applicants, students could benefit.
When students aren't achieving, that matters.