No Teacher Left Unemployed
As most remember, Johnston High was closed as per TEA and NCLB in May of 2008. What many do not remember is that we still have 7 teachers from the former Johnston who do not have positions and have been told they will be terminated if they themselves do not find a teaching position by March 2, 2009.
On April 3, 2008 the AISD Board of Trustees passed through the Consent Agenda , item #10 of DFBA and DFBB (local) which allows the termination of teachers. It states “Reasons for proposed termination of an employee’s term contract shall be a decision by a campus intervention team, that the employee not be retained at a reconstituted campus”. This basically states, that if a campus is reconstituted, AISD does not have to keep the teacher if the intervention team feels they are at fault! This is what AISD has used to keep the
Since Education Austin filed a grievance on behalf of three of the Johnston teachers, only one has found a full time teaching position and with no thanks to AISD Human Resources Department. The other two Teachers have full class loads now. They are the teacher of record, still have a contract but since they are still considered substitutes they do not have the rights that a regular classroom teacher. They do not have sub finder, portal access, and above all no idea what will happen to them after June 5.
We urge the Teachers of AISD to come out and speak on behalf of all teachers rights to teach in low socioeconomic schools and not fear the closure and their displacement and possible termination because the school was deemed “Academically Unacceptable under No Child Left Behind”.
Note: Since this article was published, all three of the grievants have been permanently assigned to teaching positions. The last grievants assignment came within days of the School Board hearing.