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What's expected of teachers at Pasco's struggling schools?



Going into the next academic year, four Pasco County schools face increased scrutiny in Florida's accountability system.

Teachers there want to know how their performance will be judged. So far, though, their representatives have not been able to get clear direction.

"We do not have any clarification yet," said Jim Ciadella, United School Employees of Pasco director of operations and services. "We've asked for that. What are going to be the criteria to be deemed successful for those schools, which are going to be more highly monitored?"

Ciadella has sent several requests to the district administration, in which he noted the question has been in play for weeks. "I will only emphasize what most of you must know, people are already concerned and even angry over not knowing what additional monitoring will be involved next year at these schools," he wrote.

Employee relations director Betsy Kuhn answered that no decisions had been made, but that conversations were ongoing. Some ideas could emerge soon, though.

Superintendent Kurt Browning told the Gradebook he had a meeting planned for next week, at which key staff expect to nail down recommendations for the district's differentiated accountability schools. He, like USEP president Kenny Blankenship, noted that many details will require negotiations.

Contract talks have yet to be scheduled.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 2:35pm]


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