Polk County Teacher Collective Bargaining Agreement

BARTOW — Teachers, paraapducians and specialists at Polk County Public School finally get a contract after the Polk County School voted Tuesday night by a 6-1 vote in favor of the agreement ratified by unions in the past six weeks. Councillor Billy Townsend praised the efforts of both sides of the negotiating table. In December, teachers voted against an interim agreement that sent both sides back to negotiations. The meetings were held in January and February and an agreement was reached on 13 February. Then the ballot papers had to be sent to the teachers and their votes sent back to the bartow union office. The only thing that the treaty did not contain was an increase. An additional $10 million has been released into the district budget to offset rising health insurance costs for workers and dependent relatives. She pointed out that teachers put students first, and now they need the borough to prioritize staffing needs. That`s because we`re talking about massive cuts in education at the national and federal level, because the governor and the president are facing huge budget deficits, people who have been unemployed since the Great Depression of the 1930s being unemployed. Under the old contract, teachers had three self-controlled planning periods in one week, a period of collaborative programming with their peers or specialists, and a professional learning community.

Contractors could also use a day to plan. Under the new contract, teachers have four self-controlled planning periods in one week, with a main day that they can use for collaborative planning, the professional learning community or other data collection and verification. In addition, teacher planning remains in four periods during shortened weeks. POLK COUNTY, Fla. — Negotiations for Teachers in Polk County are finally over after going back and forth with the district for nearly a year. “Their educators, from one wall to another, have always abandoned the call to prioritize students first,” Yocum said. “We have changed the way we work at the end of a crisis, so that our students can continue to learn, be fed and feel a kind of routine and normality, and above all the love of their teachers and all those who serve them.” “One of the things that was highlighted at the collective agreement table was the timing and autonomy of teachers,” TEDdra Porteous, associate superintendent of human resources, told members of the school`s management at a working meeting Tuesday afternoon. “We were able to give teachers time and autonomy as they wanted.” “I just can`t support a pay freeze, as a point of preference, but I appreciate all the work of y`all,” said Fortney, who participated in each bargaining session. According to the school district`s announcement, there will be no salary increase for the 2019-2020 school year, but to avoid increasing health care costs for workers or their spouses, the county will no longer be paying.

In addition, teachers will have more time during the week to plan the teaching. The school board voted 6 to 1 to give district educators time to plan and plan for teaching. The agreement ratified by the teachers` union in recent weeks contained no pay increase. Of the 6,700 teachers in the district, 2,387, 1,117 and 72% voted for the contract. In an email to the school district, read at Tuesday night`s board meeting, Polk Education Association President Stephanie Yocum thanked district staff for working with the teachers` union to reach an agreement. She also commended Polk`s educators for their effectiveness in the pandemic crisis. Polk County Public Schools and the Polk Education Association have reached an interim agreement on teacher contracts for the 2019-2020 school year. The new contract also protects the autonomy of teachers in planning

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