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BCPS and Broward Teachers Union Announce Three Tentative Contract Agreements

Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) and Broward Teachers Union (BTU) are excited to announce tentative contract agreements for three employee groups represented by the BTU. These employee groups include Education Professionals (position examples include teachers, media specialists, social workers, and school counselors); Education Support Professionals (position examples include classroom assistants, teacher assistants and program assistants); and Technical Support Professionals (positions vary across the District).
The tentative contract agreements are the result of several months of good-faith negotiations by the negotiating teams on both sides for each of the employee groups – and represent the shared commitment of BCPS and the BTU toward ensuring every student receives the best possible education to pursue his or her dreams.
All three tentative contact agreements are retroactive to the start of the 2017/18 school year. Highlights are listed below:
Education Professionals
·      The tentative agreement regarding the Education Professionals employee group reflects an investment by the District of $24.3 million for teacher compensation, including base salary increases and one-time payments. Salary increases vary depending on the applicable teacher salary schedule.
o  Teachers on the Grandfathered Salary Schedule will receive increases ranging from 2.6 percent to 3.5 percent.

o  Teachers on levels T and U are eligible for a $1,000, one-time bonus payment.

o  Teachers on the pay for performance salary schedule will receive the following increases:
- Teachers rated Highly Effective in 2016/17 will receive a 3.51 percent increase.
- Teachers rated Effective in 2016/17 will receive a 2.6 percent increase.
·      In addition, eligible teachers with 15 or more years of experience with the District will receive a one-time payment of $300, except for teachers on Levels S, T and U.
Education Support Professionals
·      The tentative contract agreement for Education Support Professionals includes salary increases ranging from 2 percent to 2.57 percent for eligible employees based on step placement. 
Technical Support Professionals
·      The tentative contract agreement for Technical Support Professionals includes a 2.2 percent increase to the Salary Schedule for all employees.

“We would like to thank all of our employees for their patience and support during this process,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “Our School Board and District are committed to investing in our dedicated employees to ensure our students receive a high-quality education with the support and resources necessary to reach their highest potential.”
“BTU is very pleased to have come to an agreement with the District,” said BTU President Anna Fusco. “This was a tough negotiation, but we feel we got the best deal based on what the Legislature allocated.”
Upon successful ratification by each of the employee groups and School Board approval, the District will work to provide the agreed upon salary increases as soon as possible. 
Watch a video of the news conference. 
“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has more than 271,500 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 234 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 93 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 204 different countries and 191 different languages. To learn more, visit browardschools.com. Follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.
The Broward Teachers Union is a labor union, which represents Broward County Public Schools teachers, paraprofessionals, technical service professionals and Pembroke Pines Charter School employees. BTU is an affiliate of the Florida Education Association, National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers and AFL-CIO.