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"Throwing tenured teachers out of their
The new term EWP (“educator without placement”) has been born, and we have former District Superintendent (and Joel Klein-clone) Cami Anderson to thank for it.
Here is Arbitrator Timothy J. Brown, Esq.'s decision in the case of LaRhonda Ragland
February 5, 2015
How Newark set up a tenured teacher to failLINKTenured Newark school teacher LaRhonda Ragland—a former member of the Alvin Ailey dance company and a New Jersey Nets cheerleader—was set up to fail by the state-run school administration, a state-appointed arbitrator has ruled. In a 41-page decision reinstating the teacher after the district tried to fire her, the arbitrator described how Ragland, a single mother with a teenaged child, was declared an “educator without placement” (EWP) by the administration of superintendent Cami Anderson, then transferred from Maple Avenue School to Arts High where she was given non-teaching duties to perform. She was assigned to teach only when administrators wanted to evaluate her–then gave her poor evaluations.
|Ragland, far right, with members of the New Jersey Nets cheerleading squad|
The union representing Newark teachers, however, believes the practice invites favoritism and puts older, more experienced teachers at a disadvantage. It plans to file a labor-relations complaint with the state if schools are not staffed based on seniority this fall.
"Teachers with the most years of experience must be offered jobs in their area of certification," said Newark Teachers Union President Joseph Del Grosso. "This is not negotiable."
Last year, roughly 80 tenured teachers without classrooms were offered jobs as assistants and specialists with no dock in pay. Retaining them cost the district $8 million.
If the union follows through on its complaint and prevails, Anderson could be forced to shuffle staffing in the 40,000-student district mid-school-year, a state Public Employment Relations Commission attorney said.
"We can require the district to undo whatever it has done," said Martin Pachman, general counsel for the state Public Employment Relations Council, an administrative agency responsible for upholding New Jersey labor laws.
Staffing at eight of the city’s schools whose teachers and administrators all had to reapply for their jobs would be most affected if Anderson’s policy is struck down. The superintendent contested the union’s claim and said her policy does comply with state law on teacher seniority.
"Our main focus is to make sure that there is a high-quality, effective teacher in every classroom in Newark," Anderson said.
Teachers left without a classroom last year because their school closed or consolidated were considered first for openings at other schools. But principals who could not find qualified candidates among that group were allowed, under the policy, to hire nontenured teachers instead.