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JLC, other Activists, back Brookline, MA teachers

[article in The Jewish Advocate by Brett M. Rhyne]

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Teachers, parents and Jewish activists at Brookline School Committeemeeting on June 1st. Photo by Brett M. Rhyne

June 10, 2016: Brookline, MA - The Brookline School Committee faced tough comments from a roomful of frustrated and angry teachers, parents and Jewish activists at its June 1 meeting.

At issue was the status of the town’s teachers, paraprofessionals and other members of the Brookline Educators Union, who have been working without a contract since September 2015.

Shelly Stevens, a speech pathologist at Brookline High School and a past president of Temple Hillel B’nai Torah in West Roxbury, said she is “disheartened” by the stalemated negotiations between the town and the union.

“Negotiations have been very challenging,” said the 28- year veteran of Brookline schools. “The school committee is completely ignoring what is at the core of being an educator. As teachers, we shouldn’t have our time taken up with data entry – we should have more time with the kids, and to prepare our lessons.”

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Molly Schulman of the Jewish Labor Committee at June 1st Brookline School Committee meeting. Photo by Brett M. Rhyne