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Old 06-17-2019, 08:50 AM
 
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If a specialist teacher taught a STEM class, and the teachers will now be required to teach it, is that a change in working conditions or no?

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I wouldn’t think so? A change in positions, but not conditions?
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I would need more information. If you're talking about for your contract, it's going to be really dependent on what yours already says. Our contract stipulates a certain amount of planning time every week. If the STEM class was previously used as planning time for teachers, and they're not replacing it with any other plan time/were already at the minimum amount stipulated by the contract, then that would be a contract issue. Of course that all depends on if your contract says anything about plan time in the first place. In my district, changing the expectations/what teachers teach would not be a contract issue as long as it didn't mess with the overall contract time.
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The situation in my district would be exactly the same as Haley's. Planning time would be the only issue.
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Old 06-17-2019, 10:25 AM
 
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We used to have a Spanish teacher to teach K-3 Spanish. She was moved to the high school, the position was cut, and the district bought Rosetta Stone. We had to teach the kids about the program and how to use it. After a couple of years, that was discontinued and we no longer taught any foreign language in K-3. They also cut back on third grade Enrichment and bought STEM kits for third grade that we had to use. i would say if the STEM unit is part of your grade level's science or math, or could be, the teachers would have to teach it. Our contract does not spell out a certain amount of planning time each day, although we generally have at least one prep period from past practice. Technically, Spanish was not a prep, although our principal did not make us stay there because the teacher was certified, and the same with Enrichment.


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If it's adding to your work day, decreasing your planning time, or requiring you to purchase items.
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