At the Mansfield School Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 17th, the committee and the Mansfield Educators Association came to a contract agreement after nearly 1 ½ years of negotiations, according to the Sun Chronicle.
Contracts for the 2013-2014 school year and a three-year contract that will expire in 2017 were approved, and will include pay increases of 2 percent in 2014, 1.25 percent in 2015, and 2 percent in 2016 and 2017. Mansfield teachers had been operating without a contract since August 31, 2013, so the agreement was welcomed with relief.
The Sun Chronicle also reported that the school committee voted unanimously to continue using the MCAS exam as a measure of student proficiency, rather than switching to the PARCC assessment. The PARCC is a new, online alternative to the MCAS.
School districts were given the option to continue to use the MCAS exam in 2014 while adjusting to the PARCC, after the state Department of Education approved a 2-year transition plan to the new exam.