Baltimore city mayor endorses BTU contract
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake wrote a piece in today's paper, urging the city's educators to "do the right thing" by voting for the proposed Baltimore Teachers Union contract tomorrow. The mayor has been a supporter of the district's efforts of revolutionizing the teaching profession in Baltimore since the contract was presented at the end of September.
The latest plug adds to an aggressive campaign that the BTU has waged in the last few weeks as they have been saturating the city with literature and volunteers to spread their message far and wide. This time around, they assert, no one can say they didn't have enough information on what's actually outlined in the contract.
We covered an interesting piece of the campaign today, which proved to be as controversial as the contract itself. But, it provided some insight into the tactics the union has utilized to be victorious this time around.
Voting is due to take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at five locations around the city. It's hard to gauge what the results of the vote will be, but many I have spoke with say that turnout may be the determining factor.
What is the mood in your schools? Any predictions on the voting results?