BFT Proposals Presented on April 12
BFT Proposes Independent Study Restructure
BIS teachers are currently paid at an hourly rate and most are kept in perpetual temporary status. BFT proposed that they be placed on the secondary salary schedule with a standard duty day the same as for all BUSD teachers. BFT further proposed that the percentage of BIS teachers with temporary contracts be no greater than the percentage of total BUSD teachers with temporary contracts. These proposals were developed in close consultation with BIS teachers, and BIS teacher and BFT Executive Board member David Schroeder joined the BFT bargaining team at the table when they were presented. BIS teachers are highly skilled and credentialed professionals whose work is crucial to the success of vulnerable students who for various reasons are unable to thrive in typical school settings. Making their pay and employment status comparable to other BUSD teachers is a matter of fairness and will help retain our excellent Independent Study staff.
Child Rearing Leave for Hourly Teachers
BFT proposed that teachers who are paid hourly, which currently includes Adult School and Independent Study teachers, shall be entitled to child rearing leave equal to other bargaining unit members who receive 25% of their salary for up to 89 days. Currently these hourly teachers are entitled to unpaid leave only.
Berkeley Adult School Benefits
BAS teachers currently must wait until their second year of employment to enroll in a BUSD health plan. BFT proposed to eliminate this unjustified waiting period.
Discussions continue on the calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. The first day of school in the 2020-2021 school year will be August 17, 2020.