United School Employees of Pasco files state complaint against district
The Pasco County teachers union has filed a formal complaint with the state Public Employees Relations Commission, accusing the district of violating its contract terms on planning time and professional development.
United School Employees of Pasco president Lynne Webb said the district "usurps" teacher planning time with professional learning community meetings, which she argued are not supposed to take more than 40 minutes a week.
"I don't think anybody is objecting that people are united, linked in a PLC group," Webb said. But the way the meetings are run gets in the way of planning for students, she said. "And many teachers feel like they have little more than 15 minutes if they're lucky to get ready for students."
Superintendent Kurt Browning rejected Webb's interpretation of the contract, and said the district is not breaking the rules. "We look at it as planning time," he said. "We always have, always will."
He dismissed the argument that 30 years of past practice should inform current action. "If you keep doing the same thing," Browning said, "you can't expect different results. ... We've got to change."