BFT Proposals Presented on April 26
BFT Proposes to Phase out the Cap on Credit for Prior Years of Service
BFT Vice President Matt Meyer presented a BFT proposal to raise the number of years of credit given for prior years of service in other districts when placing new hires on the salary schedule. The proposal would phase in an increased cap one year at a time, from the current 12 year limit until it is entirely eliminated. Meyer made the point that our contract must reflect the realities of the increasingly acute teacher shortage, and said that we should be early adopters of this strategic change which will make us more attractive to veteran teachers.
BFT Proposes to Eliminate Step 12 Salary Schedule “Freeze”
In a related proposal, BFT proposed to change the unfair and anachronistic provision whereby teachers who are hired into BUSD with any prior teaching experience in other districts are frozen at Step 12 for three years when they reach that point on the salary schedule. Meyer explained that this “relic” provision is a severe disincentive for mid-career teachers to remain in Berkeley. “These are the teachers who we’ve heavily invested in,” said Meyer, “and this provision also makes it difficult to recruit from other districts.”
Special Ed Proposals
BUSD promised to respond by May 17th to BFT’s previous proposals to establish caseload caps and limit the number of assessments assigned to Special Ed teachers.