Tennessee Education Association

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AskTEA: My principal said he would not recommend me for rehire. Can he do that?

Q: My principal said he would not recommend me for rehire. Can he do that? 
A: A principal can recommend that a teacher not be renewed, but only a director of schools has authority to non-renew a teacher’s contract. Under the current law, a non-tenured teacher must receive written notice of non-renewal, or non-reelection, from the director or the director’s designee, and it must be received within five (5) business days after the last instructional day to be effective. Note, the General Assembly recently amended the non-renewal statute, changing both the time and manner of non-renewal notices; however, those changes will not become effective until next year, so watch TEA publications for updates. If you have questions about non-renewal, contact your UniServ coordinator or Association rep for assistance.

The TEA Advocacy Hotline supports local leaders and building representatives in answering member questions. If you have an employment-related question, please contact your building rep or UniServ coordinator.

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