"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." -- William Butler Yeats
"Teachers did have the right to due process under state law which governed thedismissal process; however, the legislature changed the law and eliminated dueprocess."That is not necessarily true. Teachers are not considered "at will" employees and still have some job protections. Those hired before July 1, 2012 seem to have more if I am reading the convoluted new statutes correctly.
Teachers CANNOT bargain due process language into contracts per SEA1 and SEA 575. Legislative action goes into effect July 1 of the action. Any contract expiring after July 1, 2011cannot contain language re due process. If a contract in place before July 1, 2011 has t language it is only good until contract expires and cannot be renegotiated again. Teachers under the law are limited to a conference with the superintendent and board if terminated, nonrenewed or RIF. That is NOT due process.
I think it is more complicated than that. I will have to do more research. I seem to remember seeing very little language change in the law in regards to how a teacher can be terminated-especially an "established" one. The biggest change was that they could use test scores and the ranking system to show incompetence.
Steve told us, "I work with the results of the legislature on a daily basis. It is not complicated. Teachers no longer have due process. Their "due process" is limited by law to requesting a conference with the superintendent and with the Board. "Established" teachers are under the same process. If a contract contained due process and was in force by July 1, 2011 then at the expiration of the contract, teachers may no longer bargain due process re termination, nonrenewal. I have been through this process. If the system wants to get rid of you they can. Easily. There is no longer any recourse for teacher wrongly dismissed other than begging the superintendent and Board for fairness."
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