APS looks to transfer highly-rated teachers to struggling schools

Created: 07/17/2014 12:44 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Some Albuquerque Public Schools teachers aren't pleased with the district's desire for more control over transferring teachers to different schools.

At the APS board meeting Wednesday night, the district proposed putting highly-evaluated teachers at struggling schools.

But some teachers say the move would create more problems than solutions.

"Teacher transfers theoretically are a good idea, they really don't talk to the need for stability in a community that is dis-privileged. Teachers that want to teach there and are rooted deep into the community are going to be more effective overall -- just like a parent that's around more is going to be a better parent," said John Sims, a sixth grade teacher Harrison Middle School.

APS and the teachers union couldn't make an agreement during their negotiations at the meeting, so they have put their talks on hold for now.

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