Update: An agreement between the UFT and DOE has been reached to keep marathon Mondays and Tuesdays as the default time schedule for 2021-22 but there are decent SBO options if schools don't like the default schedule.
The original posting is below.
It looks like there will be at least one major change in the school schedule for the 2021-2022 school year. The endless professional development
Former Chancellor Carmen Farina was known to believe that PD cures cancer (only a slight exaggeration) but she is long since retired so it looks like Chancellor Meisha Porter wants teachers to spend more time with students so the schedule will revert back to the 37.5 minutes of small group instruction as the default schedule for single session schools for Monday through Thursday and a 6 hour and 20 minute Friday. More time in front of students for small group instruction won't make some teachers happy while others will be fine with it. In addition, say goodbye to the September and May parent-teacher evenings but hello again to after-school October through May monthly Faculty-Department or Grade Conferences.
Here is what UFT's Queens Borough Rep Amy Arundell said earlier today on Facebook:
The 80/75 configuration required yearly agreement between DOE and UFT. This year, there is no agreement so we revert back to the 37.5 minute configuration.
The UFT and DOE are in discussions to create pre approved SBOs. If schools believe other configurations will better serve their students, the SBO processes will be the way to make those changes.
A teacher asked if that time will be required to be used for small groups or if SBOs will be allowed for different activities.
Amy's answer: It's all possible. Stay tuned.
Multi-session schools and District 75 schools will retain the 6 hour and 50 minute day as the default.
For those who are nostalgic for the old becoming new again, we have printed below Contract Article 6A which appears to be making a comeback. We will have more when it becomes available.
A. School Day
1. The following shall apply except as set forth in Article 6B below:
a. The school day for teachers serving in the schools shall be six hours and 20 minutes and such additional time as provided for below and in the by-laws. The gross annual salary of employees covered by this Agreement will be increased in accordance with the salary schedules herein.
b. The parties agreed, effective February, 2006, to extend the teacher work day in“non Extended Time Schools” by an additional 37 ½ minutes per day, Monday through Thursday following student dismissal. Friday’s work schedule is 6 hours and 20 minutes. The 37 ½ minutes of the extended four (4) days per week shall be used for tutorials, test preparation and/or small group instruction and will have a teacher to student ratio of no more than one to ten. In single session schools, the day will start no earlier than 8:00 a.m. and end no later than 3:45 p.m.
c. Multi-session schools that cannot utilize the additional time in this manner due to space or scheduling limitations will have a 6 hour 50 minute day.
d. In District 75 buildings and District 75 self-contained classes in other school sites, the school day will be 6 hours and 50 minutes unless the principal and chapter leader agree to schedule the time as set forth in paragraph 2 above; however, in this event the teacher to student ratio will be no more than 1 to 5. Non-District 75 self contained classrooms shall have either a (a) 6 hour and 50 minute day; (b) a 6 hour and 57 ½ minute day Monday through Thursday and 6 hour and 20 minute day on Friday; or (c) if the time is utilized as set forth in paragraph 2 above the teacher to student ratio should be no more than one to five.
e. Existing faculty and grade conference time should be used for professional development.
f. On professional development days, the school day shall be 6 hours and 50 minutes.
2. Expedited Appeal Regarding Group Size
In order to ensure that the maximum number of students is not exceeded there will be an expedited arbitration procedure to allow the UFT to seek both a cease and desist order as well as monetary penalties for exceeding the small group instruction size limit. The procedure is set forth in Article 22B6 and 22G.