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Pasco proposes some policy changes after teachers complain



As we reported earlier this week, the Pasco school district plans to revamp its proposed new rule on employees' intellectual property that's created away from work. (See the proposed changes, page 5 of this document.)

It's not the only item that's slated for a rewrite before the newly revised policy manual gets a final vote on Jan. 19.

The administration also is recommending some modifications to the political activities section (although it's not likely to please those who say the district has no business interfering in someone's right to run for office).

Superintendent Heather Fiorentino's team wasn't so ready to put forth changes for the freedom of speech in noninstructional settings section, saying the "should" in it makes the policy more a request than an order. Neither did it put forth changes to the rule that would not let teachers tutor their own students after school for money.

School Board members have said they want to continue to hear employees' concerns, but added they must have specific details (policy numbers and problematic language, for instance) so they'll be able to properly deliberate. And if a change doesn't get through this time, the board can amend the policies at any time.

Remember this, too. Even if the guiding policy gets changed, it's really the implementing procedures that have yet to be written in many cases that will determine what these rules really mean. Don't stop watching.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:46am]


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