Mn law mandating teacher contract settlement
They didn’t like the budget Silva presented, sent her back to do it their way and when the river of superfluous money failed to appear volunteered to buy out her contract.
Recruited, funded and swept to electoral victory by the teachers’ union, the first thing they did upon taking office two years ago was to settle the last contract talks by granting raises of 2 percent in each of the next two years, to the tune of million.
“Hopefully going forward, this agreement will remind everyone that this is a population that cannot go unnoticed.” Under former Superintendent Valeria Silva, the district pushed English learners and special-education students into mainstream classes.
Leaders hoped that by setting high expectations, those students would complete high school in four years, like their peers.
But teachers complained that the moves were made with little regard for individual students’ needs and without needed classroom supports.
Sommerville credited the teachers union with improving conditions for English learners through their most recent contract negotiations.