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Pasco teachers, administration reach deal on unfair labor complaint



The four Pasco County high schools that used expanded homeroom "skinny" periods last year to give students more instruction no longer can include those periods in their schedules, unless their teachers agree.

Fivay, Wesley Chapel, Ridgewood and Hudson high leaders have until Aug. 31 to convince at least two-thirds of their faculty members of the value of the skinny periods if they hope to reinstitute the practice, which they had used for such things as teaching study skills. Until they get a positive vote, the schools must revert to their regular schedules, in which they do not require additional work of their teachers.

That's the settlement that the United School Employees of Pasco and the district administration reached for an unfair labor practices complaint against the "skinny" periods, which the USEP contended were imposed unilaterally and against the teachers' contract.

"The schools that did it already have to go and do this process" of seeking support from staff, USEP president Lynne Webb said. "They cannot start the school year that way."

The administration plans to explain the details of the resolution (attached below) to principals later this month.

"I'm satisfied that the resolution we agreed to was probably the best we were going to get," employee relations director Kevin Shibley said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 10:39am]


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