This is a "Summer Special," because we have big news! Last Wednesday, members of the Cambridge Education Association ratified the new contract. On Thursday, the School Committee unanimously did the same. I'm writing with a quick summary. (All CPS union contracts can be read in their entirety here.)
The agreement covers school years 2021-22 and 2022-23. It includes an average increase of a 7.3% increase to teachers' base salaries, which translates to a mean increase of $6,642. With this contract, over 60% of our teachers earn more than $100,000/year.
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The agreement also includes three more professional development days, ten hours for family engagement events, and the adoption of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s teacher evaluation rubric, with one indicator on hold. In SY22-23, we will pilot every educator setting an annual student learning goal for their cohort.
In short, I believe this contract reflects the School Committee’s appreciation for our talented, hard-working educators, and will provide educators with needed additional training, time with students' families, and feedback, which should result in improved outcomes for our students.
I wish you a wonderful summer!
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