Administrative Transfers

Teachers may transfer schools without the consent of their current principal between seventy-five and thirty calendar days before the end of the school year. PSRPs may transfer without approval at any time.

Transferring for Fall 2023

Teachers in district-run schools may transfer schools without the consent of their current principal providing that the Talent Office receives the administrative transfer request signed by the receiving principal between seventy-five and thirty calendar days before the end of the prior semester.

The Administrative Transfer Window for teachers seeking a transfer for first semester of the 2023–24 school year will open on Friday, March 24 and close on Monday, May 8. During this period you can transfer to another CPS school without the permission of your current principal. The transfer will be effective the first day of the second semester. PSRP transfers are open on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

Taleo Open Positions Listing

Before you accept any new position, make sure it is a true vacancy, not a Temporarily Assigned Teacher (TAT) or Class Size non-tenure track position. Please ensure that your paperwork is in and approved by the receiving school before the closing date.

Check your Administrative Transfer form. If it says you will be a Temporarily Assigned Teacher (TAT) or that it is a special class size relief position, then you have not been offered a true vacancy. In the case of a class size relief position, you are not guaranteed a position for the following year when there may or may not be class size issues at that school. If you accept a position as a Temporarily Assigned Teacher, your tenure may be in jeopardy.

A teacher that wishes to resign is ineligible for employment with CPS for 90 calendar days. You cannot be hired for another position during that period. You do not need your principal’s permission if the position you are offered is considered to be a promotion (defined as a position with an increase in salary).

The policy and procedure governing appointments and assignments for teachers is set forth in the applicable provision of the Rules of the Board of Education and Chicago Public Schools Policy Manual and is also spelled out in Article 35-4 of the CPS-CTU Contract.

What if I miss the deadline?

If you miss the deadline, all may not be lost. You will simply have to gain your principal’s consent. Call your Field Representative as soon as possible to help you sit down with your principal and negotiate the transfer you seek. The final decision will be up to your principal.


The contract language is clear in Article 9.

Article 9-5: PSRPs may apply to transfer to vacant positions for which they qualify at any time during the school year.

Article 9-8: Administrative transfers shall be executed promptly by the sending school’s principal.

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