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Montclair Teachers Step Up Contract Fight

Teachers will only perform contractually-obligated work starting on Tuesday

The Montclair teachers' union is urging its members to pack the board of education meeting on Monday night, and has announced that teachers will begin "working to contract" as of Tuesday.

That means that teachers will only perform work for which they are obligated by contract. The union has also asked its members to calculate the number of hours they've volunteered without pay since school started in September.

"In an effort to demonstrate the countless hours that MEA association members volunteer in the Montclair Public School District, we are asking each MEA member to compile a list of activities that are performed by MEA members beyond contract time and without compensation," the union wrote.

Teachers were asked to include the amount of time spent readying their room, helping students during lunch, and meeting with parents.

The Montclair Board of Education said Thursday that it had reached an impasse in negotations with the union.

QBY33 February 25, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Wow! Some really great comments on here. I hope all come to the BOE meeting tomorrow night at 7:30pm to support your teachers and paraprofessionals!
Kelly smith February 25, 2013 at 04:09 AM
Actually, to be fair, teachers have not reviewed any adequate raise for some time. Don't forget the fact that the contract itself was actually frozen for a year. This year, there have been no raises either. What teacher do you know lives in a mansion that they pay for based on their salary? Teachers are not given a great deal of "vacation" time during the school year. They are given 2 personal days with reason and two without reason. They are given sick days. Believe it ur not, they get sick too. Yes, the days accumulate, but they are not compensated for all of the days when they retire. The funny part is that parents will gladly spend $800 to buy their kids a new iPhone, but they are all up in arms when it comes to teacher salaries. Montclair is not, nor ever will be, a cheap town to live in. Teacher salaries are not the brunt if that. How many people would move to Montclair if there was a terrible school system? The priorities are backwards.
tryintosurvive February 25, 2013 at 04:23 AM
According to the BOE website it looks like teachers get 22 days off during the school year. These include public holidays (5), religious (2), full week breaks of 5 days each (winter and spring), teachers convention (2) and a few others.
Kelly smith February 25, 2013 at 04:34 AM
As do many private sectors. Teachers do not just teach. They are mothers, fathers, psychologists, doctors, and friends. Most parents would not know what to do with themselves if they had to take care of their children all day every day. I'm sorry, correct me if I am wrong, but do you know how to educate a child? Do you know how to differentiate instruction to make sure each and every child walks away not just learning, but understanding? Can you control 25 students for six hours a day? Do you know what it is like to have the responsibility of the future if this country? Let's put this into perspective as well. Do you know how much money a teacher spends each year on resources for their classroom? Resources that are needed everyday to educate the students, but are not provided for by the schools? Do you know that many elementary schools do not provide teachers with pencils, paper, folders, etc let alone reproduceable books to enhance student learning? Or how about the fact that they implement new curriculums without buying the necessary materials? No, I bet you don't take that into consideration.
Cheryl Spinelli February 25, 2013 at 04:40 AM
Monday - Friday, teachers care for our children during more of their waking hours than we do. They take on all kinds of responsiblity that does not fall under their job description, and do it willingly. Classroom sizes expand along with their workload and responsibilities. I am not completely sure of what is being asked from the teachers union, but recognition of their expanded responsiblities is in order. It is not out of order to be compensated for one's work. How many of us expect to do work that they are not compensated for? I was a volunteer and PTA president in the district for more years than I care to count and I can tell you that the bulk of the staff in the Montclair School System are deserving of recognition for services rendered. And if you want to keep good staff, you need to pay them. If not, pay peanuts, get monkeys.

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