Teachers turned out at the Baltimore City school board meeting this week representing their union, but there weren’t any negotiations between the two sides. A few weeks before the contract for Baltimore teachers is set to expire, negotiations between the union and administration are stalled.
The Baltimore Teachers Union says the proposed contract seeks to withhold $10 million in compensation and benefits. BTU President Marietta English said the school system’s negotiation team under new CEO Sonja Santelises is seeking to “renegotiate things we thought were settled.”
“Six years ago, that School Board proposed a progressive, landmark contract that helped Baltimore City acquire and retain highly qualified teachers. This board is attempting to undo that and the great progress this contract has enabled Baltimore City students and teachers to make,” the BTU said in a statement earlier this month.
The school system last issued a statement at the beginning of the month saying it was “disappointed by the BTU’s recent expression of lost optimism that agreement can be reached.”
The current contract is set to expire October 30.
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