Has the Baltimore Teachers Union contract lived up to its promises?
According to several teachers in the city, it hasn't.
In a story today, we took a look at how the union contract has panned out since it divided the city's teaching corps in two votes last year, and emerged as one of the innovative and radical teacher contracts in the country.
Outside of the immediate pay raises, several teachers have said that the contract's details are just as murky as they were a year ago, leaving their professional trajectories in limbo. Other teachers said that the ultimate impact the contract will have is worth the wait.
District and union officials maintain that the contract will still revolutionize the teaching profession in Baltimore city, encouraging teachers to do and earn more. But, they said that making the deadlines for building the critical infrastructure to carry out the contract has been harder than they thought. The lifeline of the pact is only three years, and the dozen teachers I spoke with were split on whether they would vote for it again.
I think our expert Emily Cohen, of the National Council on Teacher Quality put it best: "There was a lot of attention given to this, and for it not to work would be unfortunate for Baltimore teachers and unfortunate for reform," she said. "Ideas only go so far as the capacity to implement them."
I'd love to hear from our education community about whether they believe the contract has lived up to its promises? Or is it too early to tell?