On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, the School Board of Broward County, Florida unanimously approved the Collective Bargaining Agreement reached with the Broward Teachers Union (BTU) and supported by Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) teachers who voted 83 to 17 percent to approve the agreement.
The agreement involves several key components, including a teacher evaluation system as required by law that addresses performance pay, teacher allocation funding from the state, and compensation and guidelines related to high school schedules from two arbitration rulings earlier this year.
“This agreement represents an investment in our teachers. We support their hard work and the dedication they demonstrate each day to our students,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “I want to personally thank our School Board members, members of our negotiating team, and the BTU for their efforts during this process. I look forward to our continued work together as we maintain a relentless focus on the success of all our students.”
It is the District’s goal to provide the state allocated funds for teacher salary increases as quickly as possible following the release of the funds by the state.
“BTU recognizes that this contract agreement is a step forward for our District’s teachers,” BTU President Sharon Glickman said. “We will have many opportunities to continue
collaborating with the District as we complete contract talks for our support staff and advocate for increased public school funding during the upcoming Legislative session.”
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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
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).
ABOUT BROWARD TEACHERS UNION
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.