For most of the 2011-12 school year, Tacoma had a committee made up of district, union people and one outsider (CSTP's Jeanne Harmon) who worked to create a more fair and equitable displacement policy for teachers. In the past, this policy was seniority-based - the more years of teaching, the less likely a teacher would be displaced -- and was a contentious issue between the district and union.
This week the committee approved a new displacement policy that will use a matching and scoring process focused on the mission of a school and the qualities, knowledge and expertise of a teacher as the basis for deciding who is displaced. In the event of a tie between teachers, seniority will be used. The new displacement policy will go into effect in Tacoma this fall.
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