As a proud member of the Framingham Public Schools community, I urge the School Committee to reach a fair contract settlement.
Every day in classrooms all over the town, my colleagues and I work hard to give our students the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. In return, we are asking for a contract that focuses on three key ideas. We are seeking limits on class sizes, proven in study after study to help to close achievement gaps that harm too many of our students. We are seeking a clearly defined work day, meaning contractual language that clearly states the time periods when we are
expected to be in our schools. Finally, we are seeking a modest cost of living adjustment to help us pay our bills.
We have proven ourselves to be team players, yet our simple requests continue to be met with resistance by the school committee. Under any circumstances, we would find this resistance challenging, but it is particularly troublesome when you consider our record of willingness to help you and the town during difficult financial times.
As you know, last year we agreed to a zero-percent cost of living adjustment raise and cuts in health care benefits to help ease the town’s financial burdens. The prior year, we gave back two days’ pay based on their request. The School Committee appears to be completely overlooking these recent actions on our part.
It is time for the Committee to recognize the good work we do every day with our students, as well as our past sacrifices, and reach a fair contract settlement.
Teacher, Framingham Public Schools