Ask Why Teachers Are Being Laid Off, Not Which Teachers To Lay Off By Michael McIntee | February 27, 2012 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Education Subscribe to Education Follow this author Click photo to watch Senate debate on the teacher layoff bill Click photo to watch Senate debate on the teacher layoff billSenator John Marty (DFL-Roseville) asks why the legislature is arguing about which teachers to lay off instead of questioning why they are being laid off. The discussion comes as the Senate passed a bill 36-26 making it easier to layoff teachers with seniority. The bill now heads to conference committee Senator Gen Olson (R-Minnestrista) argued that you can’t keep “throwing more money” at education or it will “sink the ship”. Bill author Pam Wolf (R-Spring Lake Park) reminds the Senate that this bill is not about funding schools, but about laying off teachers. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.