Garfield High 1, District 0 in tussle over teacher cut

Garfield High SchoolThanks to protests from staff, students, and parents, Seattle Public Schools has apparently backed off its plan to cut a teacher position at Garfield High School as part of its annual rebalancing of positions based on enrollments across the district.

KPLU reports the district hasn’t formally announced the decision to back off the cut but that a gambit from Garfield PTSA co-president Kirk Wohlers seems to have worked:

“The logistics are impossible because you’d have to have a teacher teach four classes at Garfield and then drive to teach one more, maybe at Rainier Beach … or wherever. That just doesn’t make sense,” Wohlers said.

Since union rules prevent the district from overruling the school, Wohlers said Garfield’s plan forced the district into a corner.

Under the district’s plan for rebalancing, Garfield’s administration was asked to identify a full-time teacher to move to another school. Instead of identifying one teacher, Garfield “identified five who would leave for only one class period each,” KPLU reports.

 

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