Is "Mutual Consent" The Problem - Or The Solution?


Mutual consent is many different things to many different people, according to this EdWeek article about the small but growing trend away from forced placements.  The practice of letting principals decide who to hire rather than sending them replacements by seniority is a power grab and a return to the bad old days, according to the AFT.  It's expensive but necessary, according to NYC chancellor Joel Klein.  It's accountability in action, according to DC's Michelle Rhee.  It's spreading all over the place, according to the examples cited in the article.  In this area at least, Chicago is ahead of the curve.  We already have mutual consent, and provisions for what happens to teachers who are excessed and can't find a place that wants them.  What no one seems to note in the article, however, is that mutual consent (is there a better term, I hope?) doesn't create any kind of miracles in terms of student achievement.  It might be slightly better than the old forced placement system but hasn't -- unless you tell me otherwise -- proven to be transformative. 


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  • As someone who just got displaced by the construction of a new school in the neighborhood, I would have liked to be at least seriously considered. Instead I will be swimming in the Displaced Teacher Pool and they will be hiring new teachers for the new school.

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