More than 100 teachers, 83% of them rated proficient or excellent, are still in limbo as we open the school year. Instead of placing these professionals in real vacancies, the department has assigned them in “suitable professional capacity” to a variety of positions — as a substitute teacher, co-teacher, and the like. Each of these teachers is experienced, vetted, recruited and trained by the district. Many have fallen into this predicament because of no fault of their own. They happened to have worked in schools that are now being transformed, such as the Dever, Holland, Winthrop, and Channing. See a commentary on this topic from an article that appeared in the Sunday Boston Globe.
“…Richard Stutman, president of the Boston Teachers Union, said the mostly positive evaluation data on the sidelined teachers raise questions about why the School Department is hiring teachers from outside when they have veteran teachers who clearly know their craft and are getting results.
” ‘Given their level of accomplishment, to have these folks unplaced is not only a disservice to students but it is waste of resources and scarce funds,’ Stutman said.
“The union has filed a grievance about the new hiring practice, which is now in arbitration.
“The change also may have had one unintended consequence, according to the data. A disproportionate share of veteran teachers without jobs are black, accounting for 32 percent of those in that predicament, although black teachers make up only about 22 percent of the teaching force.
” ‘It’s disturbing,’ said Johnny McInnis, a Boston school teacher and president of the Black Educators Alliance of Massachusetts. ‘There are a lot of great teachers in those numbers….’ “
In addition to the above there’s a lengthy list of trained and certified provisional teachers who have been overlooked in the rehiring process and who were recruited as little as a few short years ago.
The Boston Herald recently wrote a piece on the hiring process of teachers in the BPS. BEAM, the Black Educators Alliance of Massachusetts, released a statement in response to the article. See their statement here (PDF).
Meanwhile in California, the governor is appealing the anti-teacher, anti-public school Vergara decision. From the New York Times:
“…Wading into an intense national battle that has pitted teacher unions against a movement to weaken tenure protections, Gov.Jerry Brown has appealed a California judge’s sweeping ruling that threw out teacher job protection laws on the ground that they deprived students of their constitutional rights…”
Continue reading the August 30 New York Times article.