Transfer, Assignment, and Reduction in Force

Baltimore – The contract places a high priority on shared agreement between teacher and principal for all transfers—voluntary and involuntary. Forced placement is possible but it is not the district's current practice, which emphasizes mutual consent.

Denver – Teacher selections and reductions for program and enrollment changes are conducted by a committee that includes teachers and the principal. Classroom performance is considered as a part of these decisions, and seniority is not. Under a new Colorado state law, all transfers/hiring of teachers in schools must be by mutual consent of the teacher and the school. Teachers reduced in a building have the longer of two hiring cycles or one year to find a mutual consent placement before being placed on unpaid leave. Teachers on unpaid leave who find mutual consent positions return at the same salary level and seniority as when they went on leave.

Green Dot – The contract places high priority on shared agreement between teacher and principal when selecting teachers, but Green Dot does permit forced placements. Teacher evaluation is a factor in transfer decisions; seniority applies only when all other factors are equal.

New Haven – When turnaround schools are reconstituted, all teachers must compete along with other interested teachers for a position in the school. Teachers maintain employment rights if they choose not to apply or are not selected. Careful coordination between HR and the teachers' union occurs to avoid bumping and involuntary transfers.

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