Miami-Dade Public Schools, United Teachers of Dade reach agreement on extra school hour

11 under-performing schools to have extra hour of classes starting September 4

Published On: Aug 30 2012 04:47:16 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 23 2012 11:22:19 AM EDT

An agreement has been reached between Miami-Dade Public Schools and the United Teachers of Dade regarding the state mandated extended school day for select area schools.

Classes will begin September 4, said John Schuster with Miami-Dade Public Schools in an email to Local 10.

In March, Florida lawmakers passed a bill requiring teachers at the 100 lowest performing elementary schools in reading on the FCAT to spend an extra hour giving reading instruction beyond the normal school day, said Jamie Mongiovi with the Florida Department of Education. There are 11 such schools in Miami-Dade County, including one charter school, and 10 in Broward County.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools waited to implement the extra hour because teaching it would have violated their contract with the teachers.

"Teachers would've been working and not being paid," said Nikolai Vitti, the chief academic officer at Miami-Dade Schools.

The Florida Department of Education will not impose fines on Miami-Dade Public Schools.

Teachers involved will receive an extra $4,600 a year and have the option to leave the under-performing schools if they don't like the schedule.