This is a note from the Houston Federation of Teachers Union President Gayle Fallon:
We have received a number of calls from teachers who are being laid off allegedly due to “program change” at their HISD campus who noticed that HISD is recruiting new teachers in the same areas they are being told are being eliminated.
(Fallon says the new hires are being offered bonuses as much as $8,000.)
The HISD web site shows over 600 vacancies.
One of our members forwarded this to us and she reflects the feelings we are hearing in meetings and in direct conversations with teachers.
The HFTY is looking at legal action over age discrimination and possibly racial discrimination if the final demographics on age and race continue along the same trend we are currently seeing.
Gayle Fallon HFT
The sign-on bonus is not for all special ed teachers, only those in particular hard-to-staff positions. RIF’ed teachers do not qualify for the signing bonus.