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Samuel R. Tyler and Jorge Martinez

Getting to yes on teacher contract

AS CONTRACT talks between the Boston Public Schools and the Boston Teachers Union drag on past 20 months, the urgency for the two parties to agree to fundamental reform to improve student achievement becomes ever more imperative. The losers in this drawn-out battle are Boston public school students and their families.

The contract is not simply about wages and work rules. Its real importance lies in its role as the main instrument for advancing educational reforms to improve the quality of education for the students in all the city’s public schools. This contract is the only vehicle that will bring systemic reform to the vast majority of Boston public schools that are not Pilot, Innovation, Turnaround, or Horace-Mann In-District Charter schools so that they too can benefit from greater school autonomy, flexibility, and extended time.

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