Apr 8, 2014 6:42 PM by Andrew Ellison - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI - Teachers in the Corpus Christi I.S.D. are asking for stronger contracts.
The American Federation of Teachers wants the district to give all teachers continuous contracts after they finish their probationary period.
In Texas, when a teacher enters a district, he or she in in probation for three years.
After that, you either get a term length contract for a certain amount of years, or a continuous contract that renews every year unless the district fires you for cause, like breaking district policy.
Teachers like Felicia Trevino, who's an elementary school teacher, says continuous contracts are the ideal type of contracts.
"We don't have to get worried from year to year if we're going to get hired again," she says.
With this type of contract, teachers have the right to legally appeal if they're fired, but in a term length contract, the district can simply decide not to renew at the end of the term, and they don't really have to give a reason.
Trevino says the biggest advantage is teachers can simply focus on teaching.
Some teachers already have continuous contracts in the district.
Three years ago, this district promised all teachers on probation continuous contracts when they're probation passed, but that doesn't apply to all the teachers that have entered the district since then.
A.F.T. says continuous contracts will help the district recruit better teachers, and keep the most talented teachers, and that means better education for students.
"We need to be doing everything we can to tell teachers we support you, we believe in you, we're going to give you the help that you deserve. And we're going to give you a strong contract if you're willing to come in to an inner city, poverty area, then we're at least going to give you the time and support you need to develop," A.F.T. President Ray McMurrey says.
The school board will discuss these contracts during their meeting next Monday.
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