Bargaining Updates


bargaining 2014-2015 Concludes


April 27, 2014

Contracts Ratify by Overwhelming Margins!

Teachers - 98% voted YES to ratify; 3691 ballots cast

Paraeducators - 99% voted YES to ratify; 1091 ballots cast

ESP/Secretaries - 99% voted YES to ratify; 452 ballots cast


Ratification Information - read the tentative agreements here

Teacher Contract changes

Teacher Evaluation - Appendix M

Paraeducator Contract changes

ESP/Secretary Contract changes


To read the current contract and make comparisons, select CONTRACTS above and select the contract you wish to read. 



bArgaining Notes 2014-15

March 9, 2015 - All day bargaining session. Reached agreement on a change in the number of early dismissal days from 5 to 7. Teachers to have 4 for planning and the other 3 are for Staff Development. Reached agreement on the MOU for writing test items to be submitted to the test bank, $50 per accepted item.


Appendix I – Performance Based Compensation that was held in abeyance is now marked for deletion. This article is no longer in use. Creates continuing employment status for persons in the teacher bargaining unit that do not hold DOE certification. This gives them employment rights from ‘year to year’ and they do not need to be reappointed annually.


Items still not resolved: Addressed issues with the Occupational and Physical Therapist and Occupational and Physical Therapy Assistants. District is standing on their February 9th final offer. Memorandum on Hold Harmless for teachers to not use the student learning data in 2014-2015 to complete evaluations


February 9, 2015 - PEA is close to settlement, there are just a few issues left to resolve. We have asked for steps and raises for teachers, paras, and ESP. We have insisted that all raises be retroactive to the beginning of the year. We are working to complete the negotiations around salaries and should have something to share soon.


We are finishing the Performance Pay Plan that is legislatively mandated to begin in the 15-16 School Year and its companion salary scale. We continue to lobby for legislative relief from this terribly flawed plan.


We are working to resolve the Occupational Therapist(OT), Physical Therapist(PT), and the Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistants (OTA/PTA) language and salary scales.


We have proposed a “hold harmless” clause for the teachers for the 2014-15 year evaluations. This would allow us to not use the unknown testing data from the “new FCAT”. We are waiting to hear back from the district’s chief negotiator.


We have settled many pieces of contract language that are aimed at improving working conditions and strengthening employee rights for all employees. When we reach a settlement on the last few items and the salaries we will announce the settlement for ratification by the employee groups.


January 26, 2014 - PEA presented their counter to the planning time proposal and new proposals on travel time for paraeducators and secretaries attending off campus meeting during the duty day, similar to the teacher language.  The district brought a partial counter proposal to the salary package, by only bringing the teacher proposal.  The support staff: paraeducators and secretary proposals will come to the next table.


December 8, 2014 - Bargaining to discuss the Occupational and Physical Therapists and Assistants.  Review the proposals and Tentatively agree to several language proposals that affect this group only.



November 17, 2014 - Planning time and staff development time for teachers was discussed.  Reviewed the PEA language on planning time, student early disimissal days and the hold harmless langauge


November 3, 2014 - Clarification on the Early Dismissal days, the District chooses November 19th for their Staff Development/Early Dismissal day.  Discussion of ESP job titles and changes indicated in the FADSS report.  Initial placement discussion of Occupational and Physical therapists and OT/PT Assistants into the bargaining units. 


October 13, 2014 - District presents multiple new proposals on Early Dismissal, Faculty meetings, Planning time, Teacher Evaluation. The district did not bring back the costing on the salary proposal.


September 8, 2014 - Discussion of Teacher Evaluation changes needed for student learning gains.  Sign the MOU for Early Dismissal dates 2013-2014.


August 28, 2014 - District presented a counter proposal for ESP secretaries with financial responsibilities.  The proposal was tentatively agreed to.  Discussion on Teacher Article 17 - transfer language with a reference to Article 27.  Discussion on Teacher Article 27 - Experimental Programs.  Needs further discussion.  PEA presented a salary proposal to the District to be costed by the Finance Department.  The District will check the cost of the PEA proposal.


August 7, 2014 - Discussion of Turnaround schools and transfers.  Signed an MOU on training for the schools identified by the state as the bottom 300 and/or Intervene schools.  Discussion of district proposal for OT & PT salary schedules.


July 23, 2014 - Tentative Agreement on lunch hour for ESP and Paras on non-student contact days.  Tentative Agreement on how teachers change classrooms and assignments during the year, time to allow for the moving into a new room.  Discussion only on ESE Student Specific langauge change, changing payroll frequency, and transfer of sick leave to non-family members.


July 9, 2014 - Tentatively Agree to Health Insurance proposal for 2015.  No increase to premiums, adding a second clinic on the west side of the county, putting 2 mobile clinics on the road, opening the PCSB clinics to new employees during their 90 waiting period for the regular insurance.


June 19, 2014 - met to discuss Teacher Evaluation, Insurance and set future bargaining dates.