Pink Slips for 150 West Tenn. Teachers

May 16, 2012

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Up to 150 Memphis City Schools teachers could be fired over performance issues.

The Commercial Appeal is reporting that teachers are starting to get notices of termination. According to their contract, teachers must be notified by June 15 if they’re not being retained for the following academic year.

The number is three times as many teachers who were fired for any reason last school year, when principals recommended about 60 terminations. Principals reportedly identified teachers for the current round of terminations based on the last three years of student test scores and the teacher evaluation process begun this year.

The teacher's union is getting complaints. Memphis Education Association President Keith Williams says 30-40 teachers came to the union's office yesterday to object.