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Some Pinellas schools may get to say no to involuntary teacher transfers

We still haven't seen a draft stipulation, but more details about the teacher transfer negotiations between the Pinellas school district and the teachers union are circulating in a union e-mail.

The e-mail says the union and the district are close to reaching an agreement on proposed changes to transfer guidelines for elementary schools that are in the Correct II and Prevent II categories (under the state's differentiated accountability system); for high schools on the state's lowest-performing 5 percent list; and to the feeder middle schools for those high schools. Under the proposal, those schools:

* may begin posting vacancies both internally and externally once openings are identified

* must post vacancies for a minimum of four days

* may accept voluntary transfers, temporary contracts or new hires

* must maintain accurate records of the documented selection process

* are not required to accept involuntary transfers

* may begin posting vacancies now and continue to hire throughout the summer

* are exempt from the district transfer timeline

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:01am]


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