BPS and the BTU today announced a new contract that will give teachers a 2% raise for the fiscal year that ended June 30 and 3% this year.
According to BPS:
It also allows for school leaders to more easily facilitate the process of hiring teachers and paraprofessionals earlier in the school year, which has shown to result in more effective teachers in classrooms.
The contract, which covers the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, also ensures properly trained paraprofessionals are supporting students with autism and emotional impairment. In addition, it increases the numbers of nurses in schools, extends access to the parental leave policy to second- and third-year teachers and paraprofessionals — bringing them in line with the City’s parental leave policy - and grows the promising Restorative Practice initiative to help foster social-emotional learning in a way that is aligned with the BPS Code of Conduct.
Negotiators worked on the deal for 18 months; the two sides will soon begin sitting down to negotiate a new contract that will start Sept. 1, 2018.