Brookline School Board Responds to Rule Work Steps Taken by Brookline Educators’ Union – The Sagamore

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The Brookline School Committee (BSC) has responded to recent work-to-rule action by the Brookline Educators Union (BEU) via a public statement.

On December 17, the Brookline School Committee (BSC) released a public response to the recent work-to-rule action of the Brookline Educators Union (BEU) which began on December 10 at 3 p.m. grading and other additional duties that many teachers take on outside of direct class hours.

In its response, the BSC wrote that many of the The demands of the BEU do not belong in an employment contract, citing as an example the BEU’s request for contractual language on retaining more teachers of color.

The response expressed frustration with the BEU’s refusal to mediate with the BSC.

The BSC also wrote that while the zealous action was intended to put pressure on the BSC, it increased stress among students and their families.

“We are saddened that the BEU rejected mediation, pressured the community to get us to abandon mediation, and took actions that will harm Brookline students, both by reducing teacher-student interactions and causing stress and anxiety in students and caregivers,” the BSC wrote.

The BSC wrote that they hoped to change the narrative between themselves and the BEU.

“We understand that many educators may see zeal as their only way to be heard. We also understand that what the school committee sees as disagreement, educators may see as disrespect. We regret this perception and wish to change it,” the BSC wrote.

They concluded their response by writing that they looked forward to reaching an agreement with the BEU for the benefit of the community.

“We look forward to reaching an agreement with the BEU on these contracts, so that we can fully focus as a community on our shared goal of providing an extraordinary education for every child,” the BSC wrote.