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Pasco County teachers near resolution on mid-year transfer rules

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January

Three months after presenting their concerns, United School Employees of Pasco leaders are sounding confident that the school district's goal of banning mid-year teacher job transfers is no more.

"I don't think that's going to be a restriction any longer," USEP operations director Jim Ciadella said. "The concept of not transferring has been resolved. The district has realized they don't have that right."

Representatives from the district and union are "ironing out a couple of things" before sealing an agreement, said Kathy Scalise, district employee relations director. "We are finalizing wording."

The remaining details focus on procedural issues, such as the methods teachers use to apply for existing positions and the time lapse between interview and starting a job.

"I do think we're going to get a resolution," Ciadella said.

At issue was superintendent Kurt Browning's late July declaration that the district was "through" allowing midyear transfers, something he opposed for three years. He contended that letting teachers move after classes began was disruptive to students and schools, and caused an unnecessary domino effect of moving educators.

USEP leaders challenged the move, saying it had no basis in teachers' contract. Within days of the October grievance hearing, it became clear the district was rethinking its position as it asked to delay its formal response.

The sides have been working on a deal since. They had expected to complete the negotiations earlier this week.

Their progress on contract talks has not been as successful. They have not returned to the table in several weeks, and are preparing to have hearings with a special magistrate.

The issues of contention remain pay, job protections and employee leaves of absence.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 1:51pm]

    

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