For many districts, a reduction in force (RIF) is not the most desirable method of cost reduction, but oftentimes proves to be the most effective. This chart explains significant legal developments affecting the way school districts must implement RIFs. In 2011, the 82nd Texas Legislature addressed the nonrenewal and termination of teachers and other cost-reduction options in Senate Bill 8. The Commissioner of Education released a new emergency rule concerning RIFs based on a financial exigency and has issued a number of decisions in cases brought by employees who have been terminated and nonrenewed as part of a RIF and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has responded. This chart explains the RIF process, incorporates important new legal developments, and offers practical strategies for complying with the new rules while you make these tough personnel decisions.