Fort Wayne Schools Suspend Seniority Rules To Save Jobs

A Northeast Indiana school board plans to consider a resolution Monday supporting the district’s teachers.

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Fort Wayne teachers will forgo some rules in an effort to help 11 lagging schools get back on track.

A Northeast Indiana school board plans to consider a resolution Monday supporting the district’s teachers. The move comes in response to what some consider a union-busting state Senate bill.

Teachers in the Fort Wayne Community school system have agreed to suspend seniority rules in their union contract, so the district could reassign staff in 11 under-performing schools.   Board president Mark GiaQuinta said the resolution is a gesture of support for the teachers, who have made sacrifices for the good of the district and its students.

“The board, the administration, but most of all the teachers put the students first,” he said.  “And that’s why in their time of need the board wants to say to them we are not afraid of collective bargaining.”

GiaQuinta said the compromise has been successful, as test scores have risen markedly in those under-performing schools, adding it’s an example that collective bargaining does work, especially when all sides communicate clearly.

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