Should the Wake County school system set a hard deadline for preventing teachers from transferring between schools in the district?
At Tuesday’s school board policy committee meeting, board members and administrators talked about the problems that some high-challenge schools face with experienced teachers leaving to work elsewhere in the district. Superintendent Jim Merrill said he’s concerned about the “internal churn” at some schools from transfers.
Currently, teachers who want to consider a transfer to a different school for the following school year must file a request. Doug Thilman, assistant superintendent for human resources, said those teachers become “free agents” and can transfer to any school that offers them a job between January and April.
After May 1, teachers need permission from their principal to transfer.
During a brainstorming session, the idea of implementing a hard deadline in which teachers would not be allowed to transfer out unless they can cite hardship reasons was discussed. The idea was also discussed of linking transfers to the new one-year contracts that many teachers are under with the elimination of tenure.
“What I’ve heard is stability is critical,” school board member Jim Martin said as he summarized the discussion. “We’ve got to look at what we can do in policy to maximize stability. I’ve heard that we need to clarify and narrow and really define the timeline for where a transfer can take place.”