One of the most important points is how salaries have not been raised since that time. One of the best breakdowns to help understand it comes from Chaz's School Daze blog:
Teacher evaluation is another sticky issue brought up in the new contract. According to the Union's proposed contract site:
The union won major changes, including a focus on eight instead of 22 Danielson components and a better system for rating teachers in non-tested subjects
- The complete Danielson rubric – Commissioner King ruled, following the UFT’s proposal, that principals must take into consideration all 22 components of the Danielson Framework for Teaching when rating a teacher. The DOE had wanted to cherry-pick only a small fraction – the most difficult ones. That means everything that you do for your students counts towards your rating, including artifacts of student learning and portfolios, planning and preparation, classroom environment and parent engagement strategies.
I will likely share more of my thoughts concerning the contract but I wanted to get the first nuts and bolts out there.