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New outside hires displace senior Memphis teachers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis city schools are hiring new teachers, many of them transplants to the city with Teach for America, but union officials are not happy that the new hires are displacing senior teachers.

The district is able to circumvent seniority rights under a clause in the teacher contract that says the curriculum necessitates hiring outside of the surplus pool.

The Commercial Appeal reported Friday that as of July 15, Memphis schools had 101 teacher vacancies, but 210 surplus or displaced teachers in addition to 133 candidates from Teach for America or the city schools' alternative licensure program called Memphis Teaching Fellows.

Keith Williams, president of the Memphis Education Association, said the idea that outsiders are better suited to teach in Memphis "shows a disdain for the intellect of this community."

Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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