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The recently established Greater New Bedford Educators Union will now begin negotiating its first contract with the Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical School District, according to state labor officials.
“This is a win for our students and the neighborhoods we represent, as well as for our educators at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School,” said Kelly Haggerty, an English teacher at the school. “Having a union gives us the ability to speak and behave as equal partners with central administration, which would result in a stronger, more open partnership between educators and administrators.”
The Greater New Bedford Educators Union was appointed the exclusive bargaining representative for teachers, guidance counselors, transition counselors, nurses, school psychologists, and librarians at the high school by the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations. The majority of educators signed cards approving the union’s exclusive representation.
Serge Moniz, a teacher in the diesel service store, said, “Educators having an authentic voice in decision-making would be of great benefit to our school.” “Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech is a wonderful community resource that helps students get into well-paying jobs while also contributing to the regional economy. GNBEU is excited to help shape our school’s future.”
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The New Bedford school district is in Bristol County, Massachusetts, in southeast Massachusetts. Taunton is the county seat. According to the United States Census Bureau, the county had a population of 558,324 people in 2016. [two]
Between 2011 and 2015, Bristol County underperformed Massachusetts as a whole in terms of higher education achievement. According to the US Census Bureau, 25.9% of county residents aged 25 and older had earned a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 40.5 percent of state residents. Bristol County’s median household income was $56,842, compared to $68,563 for the entire state over the same time span. The poverty rate in the county was 12.6%, compared to 11.5 percent statewide. [two]
Since respondents may identify more than one race and the Hispanic/Latino ethnicity may be selected in combination with either race, the percentages for race and ethnicity may add up to more than 100%. More information about race and ethnicity in the census can be found here.
Status of teacher contract negotiations
To foster New Bedford Public School excellence by awarding privately-funded grants to (a) provide innovative educational opportunities for New Bedford Public School students, (b) encourage professional development for New Bedford Public School faculty and staff, and/or (c) improve the relationship between New Bedford Public Schools and members of the community.
We imagine New Bedford Public Schools as places where students are challenged and engaged in both inquiry–based and project–based learning, where students have access to cutting–edge educational opportunities, where creativity is the norm…rather than the exception, and where students grow into willing lifelong learners who are not only proficient in today’s technical and analytical skills, but also in the skills that will help them excel in the future.
The New Bedford Education Foundation (NBEF) is a Community Foundation fund that provides educational resources for students in New Bedford Public Schools that are not covered by the school budget.
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This will be the third time that NBEA has held an event where community members can speak with New Bedford School Committee candidates and ask them questions. We invite all members of the community to participate, including parents, teachers, and students.
There will be a panel of questioners who will ask each candidate questions to which they will have the opportunity to answer. Audience members will be able to write down their questions, which will then be addressed to the jury, who will address them on their behalf if time permits.