KNOW YOUR RIGHTS:  2015 Teacher Assignment and Transfer Program (TATP)

Updates 2/20/15
*Updated 2/18/15

2015 Teacher Assignment and Transfer Program (TATP)

The Teacher Assignment and Transfer Program (TATP) for School Year 2015-2016 will be effective February 27, 2015 through May 6, 2015. 

The posting announcements and interview / selection timeline is as follows:

Posting Announcement #1 February 27 – March 12, 2015
Interview and Selection March 13 – April 2, 2015
Posting Announcement #2 April 10 – April 16, 2015
Interview and Selection April 17 – April 30, 2015

Advertising Anticipated Vacancies in TATP
Each year there are several hundred estimated vacancies created by retirements and resignations.  Unfortunately, the majority of these vacancies do not get advertised because they occur after the final posting.  Starting this year, HSTA and the DOE agreed to permit schools/offices to advertise anticipated vacancies in TATP due to resignations or retirements. Teachers are encouraged to inform their administrators of their upcoming resignations or retirements as soon as feasible. 

FAQs
Advertising Anticipated Teacher Vacancies for the Teacher Assignment and Transfer Program for School year 2015-2016

#1 Question:  What is the new procedure, and why was it established?
Answer:  In an effort to provide more opportunities for teachers to consummate transfers during the Teacher Assignment and Transfer Program (TATP), as outlined in Appendix VII of the collective bargaining agreement between the Board of Education (BOE) and the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), the Department of Education (DOE) will permit schools and offices to advertise anticipated vacancies in TATP due to a resignation, retirement, or separation from service.  A recommendation from the DOE and HSTA Joint Work Group dated June 30, 2014 was approved by both the Superintendent and the BOE on July 2, 2014.

#2 Question:  When is the effective date of this new procedure?
*Answer:  Advertising of “anticipated” vacancies starts TATP2 April 10, 2015.

#3 Question:  What new job vacancies will be advertised?
Answer:  The DOE will add “anticipated” vacancies due to resignations, retirements, or separations from service to the vacancies posted during the TATP 2.

#4 Question:  How will the DOE learn of these “anticipated” vacancies?
Answer:  Teachers will be encouraged to inform their administrators of their upcoming resignations, retirements, or separations from service as soon as feasible.

#5 Question:  If a teacher applies for any of these “anticipated” vacancies, when will the transfer be consummated?
Answer:  Applicants who seek to transfer to “anticipated” vacant positions will be informed that they are conditional, and can only be consummated if the position becomes truly vacant.

#6 Question:  What happens if a teacher applies for one of these “anticipated” vacancies, and the position is not vacated (teacher did not retire, resign or separate from service)?
Answer:  Should the advertised position not become vacant as anticipated, the applicant will return to his/her former position, with the same for any other anticipated back fills of positions.

#7 Question:  What happens to the positions that are vacated due to a teacher consummating a transfer to one of the “anticipated” vacancies?
Answer:  Positions vacated after the TATP period will be filled by the school or office administrator.

(01/13/15)