The Broward Teachers Union received some good news. Richard Zaiger, an arbitrator issued a ruling on August 15 stating that the instructional schedules of Broward high school teachers were changed in violation of the contract between the Broward Teachers Union (BTU) and the Broward County School Board and the teachers must be compensated for the additional hour. This is the second time during the summer that an arbitrator has ruled in favor of the Broward Teachers Union, the union that represents Broward County public school teachers, according to Sharon Glickman, Esq., president of the BTU. She has 32 years of teaching experience in Broward County. She also taught in Long Island, New York. She has taught, elementary, middle school and high school. She is very passionate about education.
The arbitrator found that Broward County high school teachers were required to teach six classes during a seven period day without extra compensation. “Today’s ruling is another victory for teachers and students and it says the District was wrong in imposing a schedule of six of seven classes on high school teachers,” said Glickman.
One problem that the BTU had with the imposition of the six of seven class schedule was that teachers at specific schools did not have a voice in the decision on teaching the extra class. More discussions on a proper settlement of this matter will take place on Friday, August 16 at the K.C Wright Administrative Building in Fort Lauderdale, according to Glickman.