Day Before Thanksgiving
A contract dispute has arisen, as it did last year, regarding dismissal time the day before thanksgiving. Last year the remedy was to pay teachers who stayed in school beyond 12:30. Students are supposed to be dismissed at 12:30 so all can get a head start on the Thanksgiving recess. Here’s what the contract says, and we have filed a grievance on behalf of staff at a few schools:
The Day before Thanksgiving and the Last Two Days of School
On the day before Thanksgiving and the last two days of the school year pupils shall be dismissed at not later than 12:30 p.m. provided that permission for such dismissals is granted by the State Department of Education.
Many Tax Sheltering Plans Offered in BPS: Some Good, Some Not So Good. Learn More on November 29
$1,500 Early Retirement Incentive Out: Deadline January 13, 2017
In order to assist hiring for the 2017-2018 school year, the Boston Public Schools is offering a one-time incentive for early notification of termination to members of the BTU Teachers’ Unit.
- An individual must be a permanent BTU Teacher, have a minimum of ten (10) years of continuous service in the Boston Public Schools, and must meet the minimum age requirement of fifty-five (55) years.
- Eligible employees presently on paid or unpaid leave of absence can apply.
- The application, once accepted by the Office of Human Capital by execution of the Separation Agreement, is binding on both parties and irrevocable.
- Applicants understand that the termination must be effective between June 30, 2017 and August 31, 2017.
School Site Council Budget Trainings: All SSC Members Welcome!
Budgeting season is approaching, and School Site Councils have the important role of developing and approving each school’s budget. In this workshop the BPS Budget Office will familiarize participants with the weighted student funding budget process, the components of the budgeting procedure, and SSC members’ rights in the budgeting process.
There will be two sessions of the same Budget Workshop repeated on the following dates, times and locations:
- This Thursday, November 10 from 4:15-6:30 PM at the BTU
- Monday, November 14 from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Umana School in East Boston.
A light dinner will be served at these trainings.
Whenever possible, please register a week in advance of the session you are attending. BPS employees wishing to register can do so on MyLearningPlan. Any participant can register here or by emailing Caren Carew. Feel free to contact Caren with any questions or concerns as well. Please refer to this SSC 2016 fall and winter flyer for information on attending additional SSC workshops.
Attention All Schedule A Schools: Next year the School Department will convert (under an agreement) 50 schools to Schedule A status. The rules and operations in Schedule A schools are slightly different, and the role of the School Site Council is slightly different as well. For more information on Schedule A Schools, please see a letter that was just sent to Schedule A BTU Building Reps. Please email Shanika Houlder with questions.
OELL Office Launches Professional Learning Communities
Join one of our professional learning communities to share your expertise and collaborate with other teacher leaders! RSVP: mylearningplan.com
Through the winter of 2016, the Office of English Language Learners will launch five separate Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) focused on:
- ELSWD: Creating Classroom Activities for Students Suffering from Trauma
- Long Term ELs
- Dual Language
- Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE)
- Differentiated Instruction for All ELs
Need Childcare at Next BTU Membership Meeting?
Childcare will be available for the next membership meeting on Wednesday November 9. Please register if you need these services.
If you plan on bringing children to the membership meeting please consider utilizing this service! Children will have lots of engaging and fun activities to keep them occupied while in the care of our providers. Childcare for children potty trained through 6 years is provided by the licensed and insured Rockwood Early Education Academy, and children 6-12 years old by a licensed BTU member. If you have any questions please contact Shanika Houlder-White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Committee of the North Shore Labor Council to Host Annual Breakfast
The Women’s Committee of the North Shore Labor Council is hosting their annual breakfast this Saturday, November 12 at 10 am at 10 Church Street in Lynn: “The Ballots are Cast — The Fight Goes On.” All women are invited, the breakfast is free, and interpretation into Spanish will be provided. For more information, contact NSLC at 781-595-2538 or see their Facebook event for more information.
New BTU Election Committee to Meet
The next meeting of the Boston Teachers Union Election Committee will be held on Thursday, November 17 at 4:30 PM at the BTU. All members are encouraged to attend.
BTU Holiday Party: Tacky Sweaters Welcome
Please join us for a BTU Adult Tacky Holiday Sweater Party on Friday, December 2! There will be food, music and a cash bar. The person wearing the tackiest sweater will win a prize, so get creative! Please see the flyer or the BTU website for more information.
BTU Nights at the Garden
(We refuse to call it TD Boston Garden!)
Two BTU Friday Nights with the Celtics: Please join us to see the Celtics take on Philly on Friday, January 6 or Orlando on Friday, January 27. See the flyer for all the information you need.
The Boston Teachers Union is saddened to announce the passing of John Maher, who most recently worked wth the Neighbor 2 Neighbor campaign. John was a former BPS teacher and the first Executive Director. John was a lifelong organizer and activist who dedicated his life to peace, economic justice, and environmental justice in Massachusetts and abroad. In the 1980s, John found a home at Neighbor 2 Neighbor when it was a national network challenging US foreign policy. He later fought for universal health care. John left Boston Public Schools many years ago but remained connected and quite helpful to all of us. He will be missed. There is no other information available at this time. We extend our deepest sympathies.