Teachers’ union approves new contract

Monday, June 8, 2009 at 6:52pm

Pending school board approval, Nashville teachers will soon have a new contract in place for the next school year. The plan includes two incentive pay plans for teachers.

Members of local teachers’ union the Metro Nashville Education Association (MNEA) have voted to approve a new contract for the next school year. The agreement was negotiated over the course of this spring, and needs only to be approved by Board of Education members to go into effect.

“At the close of balloting at 5:00 p.m. this afternoon, the membership of the Metropolitan Nashville Education Association overwhelmingly approved the contract,” Huth wrote in a Monday letter to school board Chair David Fox. “I encourage you and all members of the Board of Education to do the same at your meeting Tuesday night.”

Under the new plan, if passed by the school board, teachers at five middle schools will receive 5 percent raises. These five schools are in the process of being “fresh-started,” meaning that all employees must reapply for their jobs. Director of Schools Jesse Register cited as reasons for the change repeated struggles to make progress in student achievement.

A pay incentive plan was also approved for some schools affected by the recently passed rezoning plan. Teachers at rezoning-affected north Nashville schools will receive an extra two weeks of paid time each year, to be used for professional development and planning.


1 Comment on this post:

By: dogmrb on 6/8/09 at 5:39

The important questions were not answered. What were the "other" negotiated items that the Teacher's Union wanted? It wasn't the pay incentive at 5 schools. It was something that affected everyone and probably something about retirement or work days.