After months of stalled negotiations, the Cambridge Public School District and Cambridge Education Association have agreed to a contract for teachers, assistant principals, deans and curriculum coordinators. The roughly 1,100 educators in units A and B were working under a one-year contract that ended Aug. 31.
The harassment of trans and other LGBTQIA+ students in the district has increased dramatically this school year. An incident reporting system called Speakfully was to launch Monday to better capture the extent of the problem, along with complaints about other kinds of sexual harassment.
There were two hours of School Committee discussion Tuesday in which even members wondered about the process for a mask decision, and the mayor said she would be “happy” to call a special meeting on the topic. The deliberations led only to sending the idea back to the working group – which also doesn’t decide.
Educators take their contract complaints public, while officials say it’s the union stalling on talks (corrected)
The Cambridge Education Association moved stalled contract negotiations with Cambridge Public Schools out from behind closed doors and into the court of public opinion this week via letters and social media and by demonstrating outside the building where the School Committee meets.
High school graduation requirements around health education will change over the next few years – including for student athletes – to better address issues such as coercion, power dynamics and how to ask for consent. School Committee members passed the changes swiftly on Tuesday.
While there’s been a high rate of student absences since the end of a winter break that saw a surge in coronavirus cases, many school district staff are also in isolation due to Covid, including nurses and medical aides, putting additional pressure on administrators and staff.