Thursday, February 21, 2019
Will The New Contract Stop Oversized Classes? I Hope So
One of the potential improvements of the new contract is the elimination of oversized classes in a timely period. The new UFT contract requires that oversized classrooms must be quickly arbitrated.
Previously, schools could apply for exemptions for class sizes, which ranged from 16 for pre- kindergarten to 34 in high schools. When the union did push for arbitration, the arbitration could take months to be scheduled and very little was accomplished. See the frustration NYC Educator had in his school.
Under the new contract the union can take the DOE to an arbitrator immediately. If the arbitrator sides with the union, the decision is binding,. The overcrowded class must be lowered to contractual limits within 5 days. First, any oversized class will be submitted to the Superintendent to resolve, if that fails, then there will be immediate arbitration to address the overcrowded classroom. No longer can the DOE delay until the issue becomes irrelevant.
It looks like the union contract adequately handles the oversized classroom issue. However, let's see if the DOE actually abides by it and if not, what will the UFT do about it?