BTU gears up for round two
The Baltimore Teachers Union released Tuesday a revised tentative agreement that it plans to have its members vote on in the coming weeks. I obtained the contract shortly after it was released to building representatives last night. It was nicely color-coded to highlight changes from the original and sections that will now be featured more prominently. The fully revised contract can now be viewed on the BTU website.
There were very few new details in the contract, but union officials did seem to make a valiant effort in providing specifics of the contract's most radical initiatives. But, the provision that was at the heart of the agreement's opposition to the contract--how teachers would be evaluated--still remains incomplete because a new evaluative tool that will be used statewide has yet to be drafted. Reporter Liz Bowie wrote a story last week describing how the state has hit some recent snags in establishing that tool.
The city school board voted to extend the union's contract through Nov. 30, which means teachers will have a month to decide whether the revisions were enough.
Do you think they are?