Are Working Without A Contract!
The School Committee budgeted $750,000 for additional central administrators, but they
have been unwilling to work with us on a contract to meet key immediate needs of
Brookline children. In contrast, Brookline educators are seeking contract changes that will:
Prioritize individual attention for every child:
§ Assess specialists’ workloads, limit caseloads & reduce number of students per
educator so we can meet the needs of all learners.
§ Guarantee every educator the time to prepare to teach every day.
§ Limit non-instructional tasks (data entry & paperwork, meeting time).
Enhance the safety of our students and staff:
§ Introduce “special populations” caseload review.
§ Add building aides who can step in where needed.
§ Assign more than one educator to rooms with 65 or more children.
§ Increase classroom safety with appropriate staffing & equipment.
Respect the professionalism of our educators:
§ Reserve time in staff meetings to discuss educator concerns.
§ Guarantee fair compensation for all, including a living wage & fair scheduling for
Since August 2014, the School Committee has been assuring us that
they can address these issues without contract language. We’ve seen
little come from such claims. No more empty promises! We need
contractual guarantees that protect our members’ professional rights;
secure their economic well-being (especially for our lowest paid
members, Paraprofessionals); and recognize their expertise and
creativity so that every Brookline Public Schools student has access to
the best possible education.
PLEASE CONTACT THE MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE
& DEMAND THAT THEY SETTLE A FAIR CONTRACT
BROOKLINE SCHOOL COMMITTEE
Susan Wolf Ditkoff, Chair
Barbara Scotto, Vice Chair
P.H. Benjamin Chang
Beth Jackson Stram