Did Duval Teachers United sell out its own teachers?

Section 6 of the memorandum of understanding between the
district and union about transferring teachers says:  Additionally, the DCPS may release any current
teacher from his/her assignment if it is determined by DCPS in its sole determination,
that the teacher is not currently meeting the academic or social needs of the
schools population or school community. Additional, at the end of each ear of
the agreement a similar school review shall be conducted, however release for
subsequent years shall be based on performance measures determined by the parties.
Um, what ?!? Release?? Okay I get they want to bring in experienced
teachers, but does release mean out of a job or transferred to another one? Are
they going to be able to release veteran teachers and replace them with Teach
for America too? We have to meet social needs? Am I expected to play bridge
with my kids or go to rap concerts because I have zero interest in either? Are
they going to be able to kick transferred teachers to the curb after one year? You
know the ones that the principals don’t like or who insist on leaving before
six o’clock and having the occasional weekend free?
I would also like to know what the union got in return for
all these considerations, for waiving the language of the contract. Because as
the district continues to expand TFA and if teachers can be let go for dubious
reasons, at the sole discretion of the district, then it doesn’t seem like
much.
I feel like the union is Vizzini and the District is the man
in the mask and that’s just not fair.  

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