Underfunding Schools Creates Need For Layoff Bill Says DFL By Michael McIntee | February 16, 2012 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Education Subscribe to Education Follow this author Representative Paul Thissen argues against a bill that makes it easier to lay off teachers with more seniority Representative Paul Thissen argues against a bill that makes it easier to lay off teachers with more seniorityHouse Minority Leader Paul Thissen argues that a bill making it easier to lay off teachers with seniority wouldn’t be needed if Republicans had properly funded Minnesota’s schools. House Majority Leader Matt Dean counters that “we don’t have to be quality blind when we lay people off”. Representative Dean says Minnesota is one of only eleven states that relies solely on seniority for deciding what teachers to lay off. The bill passed the House on a 68-61 vote and now goes to the Senate. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.