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Analysis: Salaries and Benefits of Boston Public Schools Teachers

Analysis: Salaries and Benefits of Boston Public Schools Teachers

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The Boston Foundation released a new report analyzing the salaries and benefits of teachers in the Boston Public School system.
The Boston Foundation released a new report analyzing the salaries and benefits of teachers in the Boston Public School system.

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Published by: WBUR on Jan 18, 2011
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The Real Cost of the Contract
An Analysis of the Salaries and Benefits of Boston PublicSchools Teachers
Samuel R. TylerPresidentBoston Municipal Research BureauElaine Dandurand BeattieVice PresidentBoston Municipal Research Bureau
Keith A. MahoneyDirector of Public Affairs The Boston Foundation
Project Coordination:
Mary Jo Meisner,Vice President of Communication, Community Relations and Public Affairs The Boston Foundation
 January, 2011Dear Friends; This an exciting time for public education in Boston, and a tremendous opportunity tomake lasting improvements in the lives of its children. Almost one year ago, on MartinLuther King Day, Governor Patrick signed
 An Act to Close the Achievement Gap
, whichprovided the superintendent with new intervention powers to turn around the Boston’sunderperforming schools and raised the cap on public charter schools. In August of 2010,the Commonwealth of Massachusetts won a $250 million Race to the Top grant from thefederal government, with the highest score of any state in the nation. With themomentum of these two important victories for education we now turn to the thirdchallenge – ensuring that a new contract between the Boston School Committee and theBoston Teachers Union will create real change in relationships and rules flexibility, so thatchildren in our capital city are at the center. This report,
The Real Cost of the Contract: An Analysis of the Salary and Benefits oBoston Public Schools Teachers
, prepared by the Boston Municipal Research Bureau aspart of the Foundation’s
Understanding Boston
series, shows how a representative teacherwith three years in the system and a bachelor’s degree plus 15 graduate credits whoreceived $50,057 in overall compensation in 2006 would have seen that compensationincrease to $72,059 by 2010, a 44 percent increase over the life of the current contract.Most discussions on the contract have focused on the negotiated annual salary increasesof 2 percent in year one, 3 percent in year two, and 4 percent in both year three and four. This report shows that the cost was actually much greater, with salary increases built intothe contract based on length of time in the system and educational attainment. Theseincreases have no relation to school or teacher performance, nor do they reflect the harsheconomic environment and difficult budget realities facing the city.At the core of any lasting school reform are teachers. They are the ones who are doingthe work, and they need a greater role in decision making at the school level. Incentivesmust be available to encourage high-performing teachers who have shown demonstrableresults assume the most challenging posts and take additional responsibility. Theircompensation reflect the professional nature of teachers, yet and the current contract onlyrewards time in the system and the number of graduate credits accumulated.It is time to recognize that performance measures and accountability must be added tothat equation. Only then can our public schools attract, retain, and reward the teachersnecessary to provide a world class school system for the children of Boston.Sincerely,2
Paul S. GroganPresident and CEO The Boston Foundation3

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