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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 Second Semester (February 2021)

Teachers may transfer schools withoutthe consent of their current principal providing that the Talent Office receives the administrative transfer request signed by the receivingprincipal between seventy-five and thirty calendar days before the end of the first semester .

If you intend to transfer schools without your current principal’s consent, CPS Talent Office must receive your Administrative Transfer form between November 22, 2020 and January 6, 2021.

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 Contract.

If you plan to transfer into another school, make certain that the position is a true vacancy. 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).

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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