BTU Contract Community Survey
The 10,000 members of the Boston Teachers Union greatly value the joint advocacy with families, students and community allies in our fight for quality public education in Boston. We know we have to stand together to win the schools all of our Boston students deserve.

The current Boston Teachers Union contract with the Boston School Committee will expire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. We will begin our next round of negotiations by the end of this year for a successor agreement. As we prepare for our negotiations, we want to make sure our family, student and community allies also have an opportunity to weigh in on the issues we prioritize.

We hope you will take some time to share your thoughts! Input from families, students and community members is an important part of preparing for negotiations with the city and school committee.

Join us on Tuesday, December 19th @ 5:30-8PM at the Madison School (75 Malcolm X Blvd, Boston, MA 02120). Dinner and Childcare available. Contact Farah fassiraj@btu.org or 617-637-3668 to RSVP or for any questions.

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BTU members will propose many changes that would benefit students when we negotiate with the Boston School Committee. We won’t win everything that we believe our students deserve, but which of the following do you believe should be top priorities? (1)Not important, (2)Somewhat Important, (3)Not sure, (4)Very Important , (5)Most Important
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Smaller class sizes
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Improved facilities
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More full time, accredited librarians
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More experienced teachers
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Increased full time nurses
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Access to art, music, and world language for all students
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More educators that reflect the communities of Boston
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Improving Special Education Inclusion
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Greater supports for English Language Learners
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Increased staffing for social emotional learning including guidance counselors, social workers, school psychologists
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School safety
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Earlier start times for Extended Learning Time/longer school day schools
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Supports for struggling teachers
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Access to pre-K
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Reducing the amount of high stakes testing
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Potential School Closings/consolodations
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Control over curriculum/professional autonomy
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Length of the school day/year
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Changing the school start times
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Local Decision Making: Greater voice for educators and parents in site based spending decisions, including, but not limited to purchase of materials and the hiring of staff
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School Accountability: Accountability for all publicly funded schools, including district and charter (e.g. access & equity, adherence to laws and regulations for conflict of interest, budget transparency, open meetings, etc.)
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School climate/discipline including increasing support for Restorative Practices
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Hub Schools: Targeted district investment in full-service, wrap around supports school
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Quality professional development for educators
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Adequate substitute coverage
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Class size/workload/caseload reductions (ratios of students to service providers)
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Stopping unified/open-enrollment
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Access to interpreters/translated materials for non-English speaking families
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Are there any other issues/changes that you see as the top needs for students at your school or in your neighborhood?
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In what ways would you be willing to action in support of BTU efforts to achieve your “highest priority” issues (please check all that apply)
Which of the following get in the way of family involvement at your school?
What do you think community allies could do at your school/in your community to help fight for these changes? I could:
What else should we consider as we negotiate our next contract?
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Many schools recently changed their school start times. Is there anything that you like about the changes?
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What challenges do you anticipate, if any?
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What ideas do you have to improve the changes to the school start times, if any?
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Do you plan to switch schools because of the change in school start times?
The Boston Education Justice Alliance and MA Education Justice Alliance are multi-stakeholder coalitions that the BTU is a part of. Would you like to join our local alliances to collectively advocate for our students and schools?
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