Boston teachers agree to new contract linking test scores to raises

Mayor Thomas Menino speaks at a press conference announcing the tentative labor agreement. Carol Johnson, superintendent of Boston Public Schools, stands behind him. Richard Stutman, president of the Boston Teachers Union, stands on Johnson’s left. (Monica Brady-Myerov/WBUR)

From the Boston Globe:

The Boston Teachers Union and the School Department reached a tentative agreement early this morning on a new contract after 27 months of contentious negotiations, city and union officials said today.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, flanked by leaders of the school system and the union at a City Hall news conference, said the agreement “will take our schools to new heights. Change is hard and often hard-fought,” Menino said.

The new agreement is expected to bring sweeping changes to the way the School Department evaluates the performance of its roughly 5,000 teachers by relying on the use of student test scores. Teachers with an overall rating of unsatisfactory will be unable to receive a pay raise and could face a more speedy termination than in previous years.

The city’s approximately 125 schools also will have greater flexibility to hire teachers transferring from another school.

Previously, schools for the most part could only interview the three teachers with the most seniority who applied for the position.


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