Teacher transfer rules change at 7 Pinellas schools
From the latest Friday Update newsletter to Pinellas school board members:
District and PCTA leadership on Tuesday signed an agreement that will allow seven schools to operate outside regular hiring and transfer guidelines this year. The schools – Boca Ciega, Dixie Hollins, Gibbs and Lakewood high schools and Fairmount Park, Lakewood and Woodlawn elementary schools – were selected because they either are in the lowest 5 percent statewide or have received a letter grade of F, and therefore are subject to alternate requirements under Differentiated Accountability. According to the provisions of the stipulation, the schools:
• May accept voluntary transfers or new hires at any time throughout the year; this may include teachers who were involuntarily removed from another school if they meet hiring guidelines.
• Are not required to accept involuntary transfers or Office of Professional Standard placements.
• May involuntarily transfer Professional Service Contract and Continuing Contract teachers out of the school based on an “ineffective” rating on the new “piloted” teacher appraisal instrument or below Level 1 on the existing appraisal instrument.
The stipulation further states that the involuntary transfers from the seven schools who are not placed during the voluntary transfer cycle will participate in an interview process to determine placement in schools for which they are eligible. The district will facilitate the interview process at an involuntary placement fair in June.