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Philadelphia to Skirt Seniority in Hiring

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Unable to reach an agreement with the local teachers' union on revisions to seniority policies, Philadelphia schools Superintendent William Hite said last week that he will institute new work rules that allow principals to take other factors into consideration when selecting and assigning teachers.

The new guidelines say decisions will be "based on student and school needs; a committee comprised of the principal, teachers, and a parent will determine teacher staffing at each school."

Philadelphia Federation of Teachers President Jerry Jordan said the union will challenge the new work rules.

Vol. 33, Issue 27, Page 5

Published in Print: April 2, 2014, as Philadelphia to Skirt Seniority in Hiring
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