Wednesday, September 12, 2012
After a 27-month-long process, there's a tentative agreement on the table.
The Boston Teachers Union and the School Department reached a tentative contract agreement late Tuesday night that if approved, will lead to changes in class sizes, teacher performance evaluations, and a new pay raise structure, ending the 27-month long negotiations between the two parties. "The agreement is good for students, affordable to the city, and fair to our members," said Richard Stutman, president of the Boston Teachers Union in a statement. “This contract is a big step forward in taking our school system to the next level – it’s what’s best for our students, it works for our teachers, and is fair to our taxpayers,” said Mayor Thomas Menino. “Teachers will now have the support they need to perform, schools will have the …
Friday, August 31, 2012
"We need to break the stalemate," said the union president.
The Boston Teachers Union has put forth a new contract intended to break the impasse between the union and the city, which includes concessions on wages and a new teacher evaluation system. "We need to break the stalemate," said Richard Stutman, union president, according to an article in the Boston Globe. “This is an opportune time to start the school year with a clean slate, a fresh start.” The union announced it would accept a six-year pay raise contract that includes no raise for the first year, then incremental one percent increases, then three percent increases for the last three years of the contract. The union had previously pushed for a slightly higher increase in the first two years. But the wages concession comes with a …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
One Charlestown resident's perspective on the clash between Boston Public Schools and the Boston Teachers Union.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The following letter is a response to recent stories and blog posts about the current clash between Boston Public Schools and the Boston Teachers Union. From my 30 years of experience in education both sides of this question are right. Let's look at teacher evaluation and the role of unions first. The research tells us that our schools produced better results prior to the formation of unions and that right to work states, where there are no unions, do not perform less well than unionized states. Teacher unions provide an important function in negotiating higher salaries and better benefits, but they also protect the veteran teacher that refuses to evaluate and change his belief system or methods even when research tells us there is a …