‘Displaced’ teachers a lesser known story of budget decisions

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The process of laying off teachers in what’s known as “pink slip season” — May 15 to the last day of school — attracts most of the attention when education loyalists argue for funding.

But there’s another category known as “displaced” or involuntarily transferred teachers that also stems from budget cuts. It involves keeping a teacher in the district but putting him or her up for bid to a different school.

Teachers selected to be laid off or displaced are identified by school principals and generally are the latest hired, said Tim Parker, president of the National Education Association–Alaska Chapter. If programs are reduced or eliminated, the teachers, even tenured ones, will also get laid off or displaced.

‘Displaced’ teachers a lesser known story of budget decisions


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