A committee working on the hot-button issue that pushed Tacoma teachers to strike last fall inked a new agreement Wednesday that settles it.
The committee, made up of teachers union and school district representatives, came up with a plan to govern how teachers will go through the displacement process. The process occurs each spring, when school and district officials decide school staffing levels for the following fall.
The new plan will require teachers to complete a detailed self-assessment each year, which will be scored on a scale established by the union-district committee. Seniority, once a determining factor in teacher displacements, will now be used only as a tie-breaker between teachers with equal scores.
The committee’s plan goes into action beginning in the fall of this year. Under terms of the strike settlement, neither the school board nor union members must approve the plan for it to become part of the teachers contract. Both sides agreed to abide by the committee’s decision.
Look for a full report in Thursday’s News Tribune.