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Broward County Public Schools and the Broward Teachers Union Reach Agreement

Friday, October 18, 2013

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) held a joint news conference with the Broward Teachers Union (BTU) to announce a tentative agreement, which was reached today, regarding teacher compensation. The agreement was reached after six months of bargaining between the parties.  Discussions centered on several key issues, including performance pay, teacher allocation funding from the State, and guidelines for High School schedule options as a result of two arbitration rulings issued earlier this year.  

Beginning with the 2013/14 school year, the tentative agreement commits salary to teachers totaling $61.8 million over the next three years, contingent upon State funding. Salary increases for this school year are funded from $47 million in Teacher Allocation dollars approved by Governor Scott and the Legislature earlier this year. The Teacher Allocation funds must be collectively bargained prior to June 30, 2014 and must also be paid to charter school teachers, principals and assistant principals.

“Our commitment to student success starts with hiring great teachers and supporting them to the greatest extent possible,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “This tentative agreement continues our investment in our hard-working instructional staff and our quest to make Broward County Public Schools the best in the nation. It’s a win for our teachers, students and community.”

**Watch today's news conference or visit http://www.browardschools.com/jointpressconference.**

Key details of the tentative agreement are listed below:

•    A step increase on a negotiated salary schedule in the first year with most teachers receiving an average of a 4.9% salary increase and an average salary of $1300 in the second year and more than $800 average salary increase in the third year;

•    Adopting a performance pay plan for newly hired employees after July 1, 2014 funded by Race to the Top (RTTT) Grant monies;

•    Explore a commitment to subsidize costs for dependent care during the 2014/15 school year;

•    Study options to offer an Early Retirement Plan during the 2014/15 school year;

•    Continued commitment to pay 100% of healthcare premium costs for employees;

•    Protection of health information in compliance to the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA);

•    Establish High School schedule options and maintain teachers’ voice in the process;

•    An annual $6000 supplement to teach an extra period; and

•    An annual supplement to teach a sixth period at high schools.

In addition, talks have continued on the pending arbitration rulings, and settlement was reached between both parties.  

Key details of the settlement include:

•    Hourly compensation for teachers who taught a sixth period during the 2012/13 school year; and

•    Hourly compensation through October 31, 2013 for high school teachers who are teaching a sixth period in the 2013/14 school year.

The District intends to begin payment as quickly as possible to affected teachers as per the arbitration rulings.

“Today’s tentative contract agreement for Broward schools instructional staff is an important step forward for our members and their students,” BTU President Sharon Glickman said. “BTU recognizes that it is only one step for our members on the long road back to economic recovery after facing so many challenging years. This is a $62 million agreement that is the only three year compensation agreement in the state, which will provide important stability to our schools.”

**Watch today's news conference or visit http://www.browardschools.com/jointpressconference.**

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States, the second largest in the state of Florida and the largest fully accredited K-12 and adult school district in the nation. BCPS has over 260,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 229 schools and education centers and 95 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 204 different countries and speak 130 different languages. For more information about BCPS, visit (browardschools.com), follow us on Twitter (@Browardschools) and like us on Facebook (facebook.com/browardschools).

Founded in 1969, the Broward Teachers Union organizes and represents about 11,000 members who work for the School Board of Broward County and City of Pembroke Pines as education, technical support, charter school, and education support professionals. It is the second largest local teachers union in Florida and the sixth largest in the nation. The union’s affiliates include the Florida Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO. Visit the BTU online at www.BTUonline.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/browardteachersunion; and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BTUCOM.