Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 27, 2014

Rushed teacher contract a disservice


That’s why preparing for and negotiating a teachers union contract should be a task on which a school committee spends most, not the least, of its time since it’s the primary mechanism by which a school system’s educational goals and objectives get translated into action and what gets done in the classroom.

So this rushed negotiating of the single most important contract in town represents an abdication by those members of the School Committee who pushed for and supported this short-circuited negotiation of one of their most important responsibilities. It merely saddles town residents with a contract that carries a $180 million price tag that fails to move the quality-of-education needle one bit and fails to rein in a school system compensation/benefits structure that has spiraled out of control.

Bob Pokress

3 Cherrywood Circle

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