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New agreement settles dispute from last fall’s Tacoma teacher strike

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on June 27, 2012 at 12:37 pm with 14 Comments »
June 27, 2012 12:37 pm

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.

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  1. Chippert says:

    A detailed self-assessment!!!!????? Yeah, like any teacher who is smart will assess themselves as anything but perfect. If they didn’t, then they would be too dumb to be a teacher anyway. This agreement does nothing other than to add meaningless paperwork.

  2. I really like chipperts assesment of the situation.This is like having a student grade their own test score.

  3. tacomajoe says:

    Self-assessment … genius plan. Maybe they can write paychecks to themselves while they’re at it.

  4. It sounds as though seniority is still going to be the deciding factor.

  5. alindasue says:

    PCRes said,”It sounds as though seniority is still going to be the deciding factor.”

    If all other factors are equal then, yes, it will – but all other factors have to be equal. Read the article again if you missed that point.

  6. littledog says:

    This is so sad.

    Maybe it is time for the tax payers to rate the school board.

    Somebody needs to care about the kids and the country’s future.

  7. steveyoung says:

    i guess i missed the point. unions do not belong in the government workplace.

  8. Chippert says:

    alindasue: I don’t think PCRes or anyone else (except maybe you) missed the point. The point is that the rating will be based on a self-assessment. That is, the teacher will rate him/herself. Why not just have one question there: “Based on a range of 1 to 10, with 10 being perfect and 1 meaning that we can displace you any time we choose, how would you rate yourself?”

  9. fanciladi says:

    Totally stupid, per usual. Assess yourself…where’s the ‘smart’ in that? What teacher is going to say they’re doing a lousy job?

    It’s amazing to me that these people who are in charge of our kids and think they are SO smart are SO stupid!!!

  10. stradivari says:

    Teachers almost always have more integrity and are more honest than school administrators. Being a loyal employee with seniority is a fair tie breaker.

  11. And this committee spent how much time coming to this conclusion. What teacher in their right mind would give themselves low scores on a self assessment. That would be like someone running for office and voting for the other candidate. No wonder there was consensus- see the TPS website for the entire load of you know what.

  12. BigSwingingRichard says:

    Once again, the teachers (with a big assist from the district) have pulled off another way to prove that the school district really does exist for the benefit of the adults and NOT the kids.

    So, every teacher ranks themselves with the highest score possible and then they check seniority. Wow, this will get the best person into the right position every time. The teachers must laughing themselves to sleep tonight along with the union bosses.

    I wonder if the school board will approve this?

    If they do, they have abdicated all responsibility as a board.

    (PS: Do you know I write the single best comments on this board and any other board? Absolutely, and if you do not believe me, check my self-assessment, which is the method I use to make this decision. It works for me every-time, as it should.

    Next up: My guess is that teacher self-assessments to be used to determine, pay, benefits, half-days, the school calendar, the amount of TRI pay and who the next superintendent will be!)

    Anyone who votes for the next school levy is a moron beyond measurement.

  13. Employed says:

    “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.”

    Detailed self-assessment = Résumé…once again, written to be read out of context by most.

    Résumé: a summary of somebody’s educational and work experience, for the information of possible future employers. A summary of something such as events that have happened (during the school year???)

    Sounds like all the teachers are annually re-applying to retain their jobs in the event of cut backs. This is how working people apply for jobs, by submitting résumés.

  14. David1964 says:

    This isn’t about assessing teachers’ performance. Teachers will still be evaluated (sep. This issue has to do with retaining staff in a school when there is a displacement situation. Instead of using seniority (ONLY) when someone has to leave the building and go elsewhere (because of too many teachers and not enough students, not because of performance), the person who “fits” least within the school will go. The self-assessment is not an evaluation, but more like a resume that each teacher creates about them self. Teachers will prove their worth based on their stated strengths, experiences, courses, leadership, certifications, participation in district committees, involvement in training staff, etc. It is up to each teacher to develop this “resume”, so each will have to step up to the plate as an employee. Lying to beef up one’s image will be difficult, as most of the things an employee says can be verified (or not). When you’ve worked with others in a school setting, it is difficult to say you’re on such and such committee when you are not. And the longer you work with someone the more apparent their strengths and weaknesses, so it will be hard to make up things about yourself to your colleagues.

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