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Teachers union, Boston School Department at odds over math tutors

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The Boston School Department, as it attempts to prevent a state takeover of two underperforming schools, has run into opposition from the Boston Teachers Union over one turnaround strategy: bringing in math tutors.

The union is planning on filing a grievance over the tutoring issue, contending that anyone who fills the one-year positions should automatically become union members, said Richard Stutman, the union’s president.

Lee McGuire, a School Department spokesman, said school officials have been “reaching out to the union for some time to talk about this issue” and also expressed optimism that common ground could be found, such as possibly having some teacher aides or teachers do some of the tutoring.

“We feel there is a great balance to be struck here,” McGuire said.

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