Teacher transfer process may change in some Pinellas schools
The Pinellas school district and the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association may be close to finalizing a legal "stipulation" that could affect the transfer process for teachers in some of the district's struggling schools.
Superintendent Julie Janssen mentioned the possibility Friday, in a presentation about decentralized decision making that she made to about 40 members of the Leadership St. Pete Alumni Association. She said a legal document had been signed with the teachers union in which "they have agreed to let us do our hiring and moving our teachers around differently." Janssen called the move a "huge step" that followed months of negotiations, and said it would be brought before the school board at tomorrow's regularly scheduled meeting.
After Janssen finished her presentation about 9 a.m., The Gradebook immediately asked for a copy of the draft. The Gradebook asked again a few hours later and was told the request must be in writing. Following a written request, school board attorney Jim Robinson said in an e-mail that the stipulation was being drafted and that the communications office would be notified once when it was complete so The Gradebook could obtain a copy. Tuesday's board agenda does not mention the issue.
Teachers union president Kim Black said she has not seen the final draft. She said the proposed changes are designed to make the district's transfer guidelines more in line with the state's differentated accountability system. "It's a very small change," she said. She said more details would be forthcoming soon.