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BPS Teachers Contract: Mayor Walsh filed two orders to fund BPS following the collective bargaining agreement reached between the Boston School Committee and Boston Teachers Union, Local 66, AFT-Mass, AFL-CIO. In total the agreement calls for $31,122,743 in increased funding, $20M of which will come from the Collective Bargaining Reserve, a line item already included in the FY18 budget that was approved in June. The remaining $11,122,743 will be supported from other general revenues. The item was assigned to the Ways & Means Committee for a hearing.
Early Education and Childcare Briefing – Transitions from Early Ed to Kindergarten: Councilors Pressley and Essaibi-George reported on our briefing from last Thursday on the topic of transitions for children and families from early education or “daycare” to formal kindergarten programs. We learned that there are about 4,500 Kindergarten seats for 5 year-olds in BPS and currently the district offers 2,800 seats for 4 year-olds and a much smaller amount for 3 year-olds. The goal is to offer universal 4 year-old pre-kindergarten through a “mixed delivery system,” subsidizing community-based providers who adopt a BPS curriculum and hours to be able to pay those teachers the same starting salary as BPS teachers. The matter remains in committee for further sessions.
Voter Registration Changes Hearing: We voted to suspend the rules and allow for the the Special Committee on Civil Rights’ hearing regarding voter registration called for by Councilor Zakim to take place on Thursday, September 28th at 6PM at Boston University. According to Council rules, Committee hearings cannot be held on the same day as full City Council meetings. Because of the renovation of the Ianella Chamber and scheduling conflicts with Fanueil Hall, we are holding next week’s Council meeting on Thursday rather than Wednesday.
NOTE: Our next Council meeting will be held in Fanueil Hall, on Thursday September 28th at 12:00PM.
Upcoming Hearings/Working Sessions (Watch at www.cityofboston.gov/citycouncil/live.asp)
- Thursday 9/28 at 6:00PM, Docket #1061, order for a hearing regarding voter registration in the City of Boston. (Special Committee on Civil Rights) [Boston University, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, 635 Commonwealth Ave Room 101 Boston, MA 02215]
- Tuesday, 10/03 at 2:00PM, hearing on an order authorizing the City of Boston to adopt Community Choice Energy (Environment and Sustainability) [Ianella Chamber, 5th Floor City Hall]