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Pasco school district to limit midyear job transfers for teachers, superintendent says



Since 2013, Pasco County schools superintendent Kurt Browning has talked about restricting teachers' ability to transfer from one district school to another in the middle of the year.

Beginning Monday, Browning plans to do something about it.

"We're through," he told the Gradebook. "No more midyear transfers, effective Aug. 1."

With few exceptions, which must be approved by an assistant superintendent, teachers will not be permitted to switch jobs until the position they want to leave is filled by a permanent, certified replacement, Browning explained. 

"I do not want kids to go without a qualified instructor in the classroom," he said, suggesting the domino effect of moving people often results in children somewhere receiving subpar education. "At the end of the line, you end up with a substitute in a room teaching calculus, and that's unacceptable."

Transfers of administrators also would receive careful consideration, and also be scaled back, because of similar concerns.

The administration proposed adding language on this issue to teachers' contracts in both 2013 and 2014. United School Employees of Pasco leaders rejected the idea as taking away teachers' right to pursue more desirable jobs when they become available. (Rules in surrounding counties have been more restrictive than Pasco's.)

This time, Browning said, the district does not intend to negotiate the matter. The administration will manage its positions, he said, with the goal of disrupting children's education as little as possible.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 28, 2016 3:41pm]


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