The National Education Association will relax its stance on teacher assignments, asking local unions to remove contract barriers to placing high-performing educators at struggling schools. Traditional collective bargaining agreements have allowed teachers with seniority to transfer from schools in low-income areas and banned merit pay to lure teachers to failing schools. Specifics have not been released by the union, which has 3.2 million members. But some observers questioned whether districts could implement such a change at the local level.

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