By request by a reader:
Indeed, today I met a teacher friend that theoretically now confirms 3 local districts supposedly practicing the technique of giving negative evaluations to older (read "non-reform" and/or expensive) teachers to help force them out as a combo cost-saving/pro-reform move.
What I am hearing is that while some schools are not having RIFs, many first-year teachers are not getting their contracts renewed. (If they get an unsatisfactory in just one area, they're out.) I have also heard that the teacher assessments are having a rough first implementation with some older teachers only getting one visit to review their performance and even stellar teachers are getting an "overall proficient" rating.
Parents, ask at your school about RIFs. I'd like to develop a list of them.