As a Tacoma Public Schools graduate (Lincoln ’03) and current mentor of numerous Tacoma students, the recent article about Mount Tahoma High School teacher Ronnie Gordon caught my eye.
His impending displacement due to the seniority rule struck me as yet another example in a long line that highlight the frustrating reality of TPS policies that have not been crafted with the success of our students in mind. In this case, a teacher is being displaced even though he is effective and engaging as evidenced by the students who advocated on Gordon’s behalf.
Given that, now is the perfect time to reflect on not only seniority but a variety of the policies and practices that are adversely impacting student achievement. In fact, the timing couldn’t be more perfect as the school district is currently developing a strategic plan that will inform and guide district policy and action in the coming five years. I encourage the TNT to dig deeper and go beyond seniority.