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Union resistance to outside tutors is bad form

Blueprint Schools Network, a Newton-based nonprofit, has a promising system to raise math scores at the poorly performing English High School and Elihu Greenwood elementary school in Boston by offering intensive, low-cost tutoring throughout the school day. It’s worth pursuing over any objections of the Boston Teachers Union, which has argued that the tutors should be part of the collective bargaining agreement that covers teachers and paraprofessionals in the city’s schools.

The 12 Blueprint tutors are slated to receive their salaries — $20,000 annually — and health benefits directly from the school department. The union argues that this arrangement is merely a privatization effort that exploits young educators who “deserve a living wage and benefit package commensurate with their required credentials.’’ The school department views the Blueprint “fellows’’ in the same light as City Year volunteers, who perform a variety of in-class and afterschool tasks in the Boston schools as part of their year-long commitment to community service.

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