The teachers of the Framingham Public Schools have been without a contract for over 190 days. As the School Committee continues to delay the settlement of a fair contract, the morale of the teachers continues to dwindle.
However, we know that the parents and greater community have incredible respect for the work we do. As dedicated professionals, who work passionately to guide the learning of your children, we need your support in reaching a fair contract with the School Committee.
We are committed to the academic and social success of our students. We work every day both inside and outside of the classroom to help students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve academic goals, gain meaningful employment, go on to a bright future in universities and colleges, and actively engage in the Framingham community as responsible citizens.
Reasons to Be Proud of Your Framingham Public Schools:
- 8,201 students are enrolled in 14 Framingham public schools including the pre-school
- Framingham is ranked at the top of 24 urban districts by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
- FPS was ranked as one of the top 500 school districts in the country by US News and World Report
- One of the lowest dropout rates among larger school districts including English Language Learners and students of color
- District MCAS and ELL test scores are also are above the state averages
- 87% of our students attend universities, colleges, job training programs, or the military after graduation
- 26.5 percent of FHS students take Advanced Placement courses which is high for public schools. Typically, 85% of those students earn a score of 3 or higher (earning college credit), which is well above the national average of 66%
- SAT (Standardize Achievement Tests) show Framingham High School students' average 2012 scores were above state averages in all three tested categories
There are various other awards earned throughout the district that are simply too numerous to list.
These accomplishments make us, as teachers, tremendously proud of the district and students we serve. A high-achieving school system is the hallmark of any community; FPS’ reputation for excellence over the past decade has attracted both dedicated teachers and families to this town. In order to continue that tradition of excellence, to continue as a competitive district for new hires and one which prospective parents see as a reason to move to Framingham, it is imperative that the School Committee recognize that the contract they settle this year must ensure the continuation of highly desirable Framingham schools and community.
How the Teachers Have Financially Helped the Town and School Committee:
Over the past few years, the teachers have voted on several occasions to economically help the taxpayers during the Great Recession. We understand the financial difficulties and, despite the impact on our own families, we voted to help the taxpayers and School Committee with the following savings:
- 2007-08: We voted for a 1.25% cost of living adjustment to be delayed to the 91st day of school
- 2009-10: We voted to take 2 furlough days saving the district $610,000 and reducing our cost-of-living adjustment to 1.88%
- 2010-11: We agreed to a zero-percent annual raise and to delay all other changes until the 93rd day, as well as voted with other town employees to the help reduce the town’s healthcare liability by about $1.8 million by increasing our share of health insurance premiums and to other changes in the health care plans
- The town of Framingham does NOT contribute to teacher retirement.
- We pay 11% of our salary into the state retirement system, which helps the town’s finances
- Approximately 50% of the teachers only receive cost of living adjustments and do NOT receive contractual yearly salary increases
- Many teachers in the district work beyond the school day coaching sports or advising clubs, as well as tutoring students and not all coaches or club advisors are paid
What We Are Seeking In Our New Contract
- A fair cost of living adjustment, which was proposed at 3% (Note that the 2012 Social Security COLA is 3.6 % and Forbes Magazine projected annual raises this year is 2.9%)
- Reasonable limits on class sizes (Research shows smaller class size is one of the few factors known to increase student achievement. The superintendent has acknowledged that the district has a class size problem, and in the middle schools alone, there are a total of 115 middle school classes with more than 25 students. Students and parents deserve smaller class sizes.)
- A well-defined work day (Currently, there is no contractual language stating when our work day begins and ends.)
We love this town and care deeply about our students! We are firmly committed to Framingham students and Framingham’s future.
To help us, please contact the members of the School Committee and Dr. Stacy Scott, Superintendent of the Framingham Public Schools, to let them know you would like this contract to be settled fairly and immediately, so we can focus solely on our students and classrooms.
School Committee can be reached at:
Framingham Public Schools
454 Water Street, Framingham, MA 01701
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ann L. Greenberg, School Committee Administrative Assistant)
School Committee members: David Miles, Chair; Beverly Hugo, Vice Chair;
Carol Phalen, Clerk; Adam Blumer, Michael J. Bower, Heather Connolly and Andy Limeri.
Dr. Stacy Scott, Superintendent E-mail: email@example.com
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