Reassigned Teachers Call On BPS For More Information

Teachers are calling on Boston Public Schools administrators to release detailed information on the 125 teachers who learned Wednesday that they would not be keeping their jobs.

The teachers were reassigned after being required to reapply for their jobs, part of an initiative to overhaul seven Boston schools designated as "underperforming."

Boston Teachers Union President Richard Stuttman says it remains unclear how the reassigned teachers fell short.

"There is absolutely nothing in these folks' files that suggest that they were contributing to the under-performance of that school," Stuttman said.

Stuttman says the teachers deserve to know more about the decisions than what they have been told. "The school department simply is not sophisticated enough to provide that information," he said.

A spokesman for Boston Public Schools said reassignment decisions were based on a combination of MCAS scores in the teachers' classrooms, student attendance and teacher evaluations.

The BPS does not plan to make information about specific teachers public.

Reassigned teachers will be placed in an excess pool and allowed to apply for vacant jobs in the district. In the meantime, BPS says it's looking to fill their spots with educators experienced in teaching English as a second language and special education.

This program aired on April 29, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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