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.
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.