Many Broward County high schools could return to block scheduling this fall, after an arbitrator ruled that a switch to seven-period days violated a contract with the teacher’s union.
Arbitrator David Weitzner has instructed high schools to revert back to their 2011-12 schedules, in response to a grievance from the Broward Teachers Union. While the union said the rule is binding, the district says no changes are being made yet.
“The Broward County School District is conducting a thorough analysis and legal review of the arbitration ruling,” a district statement said. “This is a developing process involving complicated issues.”
Any changes to school schedules will involve the union, the statement said.
Weitzner’s ruling allows for the schedules to be revised, but any changes from 2011-12 must be approved by School Advisory Councils and two-thirds of teachers at affected schools.