Cuts force Beaverton teachers into classes outside their expertise

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Monday, November 12, 2012

After the Beaverton School District slashed its budget and cut 344 positions, teachers are being transferred to fill holes in the 51-school district.

The teachers union and district have no rules for transfers other than licensure. A teacher's competence -- years of experience teaching a grade level or subject -- do not have to be considered. As a result, dozens of teachers...were placed in drastically different subjects and grade levels with little to no experience.

Teachers and parents worry that student learning will suffer as expertise is not utilized, or as students cope with a musical chair at the helm of the class -- as Beaverton continues its sort, some classes have been led by three different teachers in the nine weeks since school started.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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