Can a school district list 2 separate positions on my contract? Don't I have a right to know which positon I'm signing up for?
My contract says teacher/speech therapist. I am a full time teacher with a full caseload and no unencombed time. The district refused to remove speech therapist from my contract?? What are the laws regarding this? I am a teacher in SC
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To be certain, you'll have to check with your Union representation and reference School Code in South Carolina. Unfortunately school code is different in each state.
In my current district, although in Illinois, the district keeps a record on file of all certifications. If the district were in need of switching you from a classroom teacher to a speech therapist and you were certified for both, they would be allowed to do so, as they have the right to transfer you to any assignment as long as there is no decrease in pay.
Check your teachers' contract under the Section of Transfers. If your district has the ability to transfer at will, it may, unfortunately, be a moot point. However, you may petition your Union to check into this further to at least demand that the administration give you a description of your duties as Teacher/Speech Therapist. If explained duties then contain none really falling under the title of Speech Therapist, it would be further justification in them removing that part of your job title. There is one caution in doing this, however. If you only seem to be performing the duties of a classroom teacher, and when checking your contract your district can transfer assignments, you may want to let it lie. If you try to force a job description, they could easily make one up that includes more than you are doing now in order to justify the Speech Therapist title, and then the title would mandate that you are supposed to do more than you are already doing.
I know this is vague and not specific to South Carolina or the contract in your district, but I hope this helps at least a little.
I don't know the law regarding your situation, but it seems to me that if you are certified to be a classroom teacher and a speech therapist and both are listed on your contract the district has the right to place you in either position. I wouldn't consider this a bad thing. Your chances of having a job in your district are greater. With the economic blow that our education institutions are taking many teachers are without jobs.
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