I’m going to continue saying this, time and again — because every time I bring it up to a group of Massachusetts Parents United members they are absolutely shocked:
BPS teachers are paid an average of $90,000 per year.
34% of BPS teachers make over $100,000 per year.
BPS teachers also work 180 days per year and get 20 days of paid time off.
BPS has the shortest school day of any major urban district in the United States.
Also, Massachusetts has a GIGANTIC achievement gap. We should all be embarrassed.
Now that the table is set, we also know that BPS negotiations are underway.
Cue the clowns crying about how terribly they are treated and the injustice of it all. (See above.)
Then there is today’s interesting tweet calling for expanding recess.
Come on, guys … really?
What’s the end game here? Making sure Boston’s kid get as little actual classroom instruction AS POSSIBLE?
Most will remember last’s year’s epic battle to expand the school day by 40 minutes. In order to get it done the BTU demanded MORE pay and MORE professional development time. Ok, fine. Whatever it takes to keep these kids in the classroom — because we know THAT is the key to overcoming the achievement gap.
In Boston and area communities, middle class families have joined in on the push for more recess, more art and more gym. Which is fine in communities not facing severe achievement gaps with teachers who consistently blame their "lack of time" as the reason why they can’t make up any ground for our black, brown and low income kids.
So if the BTU is serious about it’s "More Recess!" push — that means they will now be getting more money for less teaching time in the district with the shortest school day on any major urban district in the nation.
Now some of you might be thinking I’m too hard on the BTU — but I’m sorry, someone has to be a neutral voice of common sense around these parts. Who is looking out for the children who are getting the short end of the stick? You know, the ones who are really being treated unjustly in Boston?
We’re worried about Jack being out of shape and unhealthy?
You know what else is a detriment to the health of our children? Growing up in a continual cycle of poverty and never being able to break free in a direct result of being denied equitable access to high quality education.
Before we can be worried about expanding time for fun — let’s make sure we’ve made enough time for learning.
We’re giving families this:
And you want to talk about … recess?
What do you think?