Boston United for Students is a broad-based coalition
committed to
improving the quality of the educational experience
for all Boston students and teachers. We believe that there is an
urgency to significantly improve student achievement so that
Boston public school students graduate college ready and career prepared.

The BPS and the BTU need to address four key priorities NOW:

  • Timely and effective teacher evaluations
  • Flexibility in teacher hiring and reassignment
  • A stronger voice for parents and students in school decision making
  • Longer day to engage students and increase teacher planning and
    professional development

 

TOP STORIES

  • Report Points to Urgent Need for a New Boston Public Schools Teachers Contract
    The report issued today by the Boston Municipal Research Bureau points to the urgent need for the Boston Public Schools and Boston Teachers Union to reach agreement on a new teachers' contract.  Read more> 

  • City, teachers far apart on pay-raise issue:  Union is seeking additional $83.5m
    By James Vaznis  | The Boston Globe | January 03, 2012

The Boston Teachers Union is requesting $83.5 million more than the city is offering for salaries, a hefty financial divide that is slowing contract negotiations, according to a report released today.

The salary proposal pitched by the teachers union would cost the city $116.1 million over four years, while the city’s offer would cost just $32.6 million over the same period, according to the report prepared by the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, a fiscal watchdog funded by businesses and nonprofit institutions.  Read more> 

Sticker Shock for Schools  Boston Herald Editiorial | January 5, 2012

The Boston Teachers Union is asking for a 10 percent raise over the life of its next contract, according to an analysis conducted by a city watchdog group. It’s as if the union leaders slept through the Great Recession and woke up thinking happy days were here again.   The Boston Municipal Research Bureau has done taxpayers (and parents) a huge favor by releasing its analysis of the contract proposals offered by the BTU and by the city, which have been in negotiations since the last contract expired in August 2010.  Read more>

  • Boston United Delivers Statement Demanding Reform in New Teacher's Contract to BPS and BTU - December 19, 2011 statement.    Read more> 

                                     Click here to watch video of event

  • Old-school thinking   | By Yvonne Abraham | The Boston Globe | December 8, 2011
    Talking to Boston Teachers Union chief Richard Stutman can feel like chatting with a United Auto Workers rep in the days before Toyota.  He makes sense, as long as you ignore the fact that it's 2011, and a new crop of more efficient carmakers - that would be charter schools - are sucking away customers at an alarming clip.   Read more>
  • Broad-based Coalition Calls for Boston Teacher Contract Reform | September 6, 2011
    With Boston Public School students starting the 2011-2012 school year this Thursday, the Boston United for Students Coalition calls on the Mayor, the Superintendent of Schools and the President of the Boston Teachers Union to end the impasse and approve a new teachers' contract that will provide major reforms targeted at improving student achievement.   
    Read more>



Photos courtesy of the Boston Public Schools

WHAT'S HAPPENING

 

March 20, 2012 | The report issued today by the Boston Municipal Research Bureau points to the urgent need for the Boston Public Schools and Boston Teachers Union to reach agreement on a new teachers' contract.   

 

Read the Full Boston United for Students Statement Here

 

Read the BMRB Special Report Here

 

   



           MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD      

Want  Effective Teaching  and Quality Schools? Click here to join Boston United for Students postcard campaign.  We will deliver these for you so download, sign all three and mail to Fran Smith  c/o Boston Municipal Research Bureau, 333 Washington St., Suite 854, Boston, MA 02108.

 

JOIN US TODAY!  Supporters can sign a form to join the Coalition, endorse its priorities for new reform in the teachers' contract and partcipate in its activities.

 

To view a list of Coaltion members,click here.

 

Contact:  Fran Smith - fsmith@bostonunitedforstudents.org  or cell:  617-429-7106

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