So while it’s true that the teachers have been working without a contract since 2015, there are legitimate reasons for that.
For example, the union will not settle for only 18 sick days. And regarding their demands to limit the number of special education students per class, the Superintendent and school committee have offered them the same language as any other district’s contract in the state. They have said No to that offer as well.
And none of this takes into account the backdrop of a staggering decline in student enrollment and subsequent underutilization of space. Despite the plummeting enrollment, the union is opposed to any reduction in staff.