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Interview
Kim Janey, Massachusetts Advocates for Children On Behalf of the Boston United for Students Coalition | Bay State Banner | October 14, 2010.  Read more>


Reinventing Boston's Schools
Throw the teachers' contract out the window
Boston Phoenix Editorial | September 29, 2010

For everyone who wants to make Boston's public schools better, Tuesday, September 28, was a banner day.  Read More>>
 

 
Greater flexibility in teachers’ contract urged Public voices ideas to City Council
By James Vaznis, Globe Staff | September 29, 2010

Dozens of students, business leaders, and parents turned out for a City Council hearing yesterday to demand a teachers’ union contract that focuses more on improving instruction for students rather than on protecting the workplace conditions of teachers. Read more>>


Coalition rallies for changes to teachers’ contract, more of a say
By James Vaznis, Globe Staff | September 1, 2010

A coalition of students, parents, and advocates rallied on the steps of Boston School Department headquarters yesterday, calling for extended school days, more rigorous teacher evaluations, and a stronger voice for students and parents in school decisions as the city negotiates a new contract with teachers.

The rally, organized by Boston United for Students, was scheduled to coincide with the final day of the teachers’ current contract. Read more>>


Coalitions gather for school reform
By Lawrence Harmon, Globe Columnist | September 5, 2010

THERE’S NOT going to be a lot of money around during the next few years to pay for serious changes — such as a longer school day — in Boston’s teacher contract. Instead, someone is going to have to extract school improvements on the cheap out of the Boston Teachers Union. Fortunately, a lot of people are lining up to do just that.
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 Tuesday, September 6, 2011 | Broad-based Coalition Calls for Boston Teacher Contract Reform

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.  "With the educational demands of Boston's knowledge based economy, the new teachers' contract should provide systemic change that empowers principals and teachers and parents and students to focus on improving the academic performance of all our children," said Beverly Mitchell, Director of the Boston Citywide Parents Council. Read more>


Wednesday, March 23, 2011 |  The Boston School Committee approved a FY12 budget of $829.5M.  For the first time, the BPS is allocating funds under a formula known as weighted student funding.  The goal of this strategy is to ensure more equitable funding for all 56,000 students.  See news articles below.

School Panel ok's $825.9M budget
By John M. Guilfoi | The Boston Globe | March 24, 2011

200 jobs, nine schools lost in $830M budget
By O’Ryan Johnson | Boston Herald | March 24, 2011


And ‘racing’ in Boston
By Boston Herald Editorial Staff | August 25, 2010

“Back to school” used to mean a new outfit, a notebook and a fresh box of Crayolas. Today life is considerably more complicated for students, their parents and in Boston for teachers, who will return to the classroom even as their next four-year contract is being negotiated. Read more>>

 

TESTIMONY                                   
 
On September 28, 2010, members of the Coalition testified before the City Council Committee on Education regarding priorities for the next contract between the Boston Public Schools and the Boston Teachers.  Read the full testimony from the links below.
 
 
 
 
 
 

MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD

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

To view a list of Coalition members, click here.

To make your voices heard, the community is also urged to call, email or fax the School Committee (telephone) 617-635-9014 (fax): 617-635-9689, feedback@bostonpublicschools.org.

Community supporters also can call the Boston Teachers’ Union at (617)288– 2000, fax: (617)288–0024. Advocates can also make their voices known to the City Council at (617)635-3040 or the Mayor’s Office at Boston City Hall, 617-635-3151.

To contact us email: info@bostonunitedforstudents.org


 

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