Negotiations still underway for 2010-2011 BTU contract
The Baltimore city school board authorized Tuesday, for schools CEO Andres Alonso to sign off on an extension of the current Baltimore Teacher's Union contract until the end of October, while negotiations continue for 2010-2011.
For months, school and union reps have been negotiating what Alonso has called a "cutting edge contract." The extension of the current contract means that the terms of the 2009-2010 agreement still stick until the new contract is agreed upon.
Marietta English, president of the BTU said Tuesday, that while the union doesn't disclose details during open negotiations, some of the hold up has to do with sweeping reforms due to be implemented in the district, the most drastic of which will affect how teachers are evaluated, and how much of their success is measured by student outcomes.
Of the continuing negotiations, English said: "We're just trying to reach an agreement that's acceptable to all parties."