BTU and City Schools reach tentative contract agreement
The Baltimore Teachers Union announced Friday that union and city school officials have reached a tentative 2010-2011 contract, to be ratified and approved in the coming weeks.
Negotiations have been ongoing for months, and last year's contract had to be extended while officials reached an agreement. Officials didn't reveal exactly what the hold-up was, but BTU president Marietta English alluded at the beginning of the school year that the delays were due to reforms the district is making in teacher quality.
In a forum this past spring where schools CEO Andres Alonso addressed the district's challenges with teacher quality, he said that many of the shortfalls would be remedied by a "cutting-edge contract" this year.
Very few details were included about the new contract, but in a statement, the union called the contract "landmark." English said she was "excited" about the agreement.
"I think teachers are going to like this contract because it addresses many of the concerns they expressed in a survey we conducted last school year," English said.
Baltimore City schools CEO Andres Alonso said in the statement that the agreement will "put instructional effectiveness at the core of everything, which is where it should be. I congratulate our teachers and school communities for what is a landmark moment for us all -- especially our kids."