Answers to many of the Frequently Asked Questions from PROSE schools have been posted on the PROSE Knowledge Base.
Because of evaluation changes in state law, Option PROSE in its current form is not going to be available next year. Once details of the law are finalized, the PROSE Panel will begin negotiating flexibilities for PROSE schools. Upon successful flexibility negotiation and availability, schools will be able to vote to adopt it.
Based on the Memorandum of Agreement that established PROSE, the following aspects of the UFT and CSA collective bargaining agreements are able to be modified in PROSE:
In addition, PROSE schools have been granted the ability to make changes to the student session times and annual calendar, provided that they still meet all NYS Education Department regulations for annual instructional days and weekly instructional time.
- Configuration of the existing work hours and/or work year (Article 6), including extending the school day and/or year, provided there is no diminution of annual salary
- Programs, assignments and teaching conditions in schools and programs (Article 7)
- Professional support for new teachers (Article 8G)
- Professional development assignments and positions (Article 11 IV)
- Working conditions of per session teachers (Articles 15C2 and 15C4)
- Step 1 of the grievance process (Article 22B1a)
- Transfers to the school (Article 18A, paragraph 1, sentence 2)
Cohort 1 and potential Cohort 2 schools who are interested in making changes to these regulations for implementation during the 2015-2016 school year, including converting flexibility that they have been implementing via annual SBO votes to 5-year PROSE votes, should include the details of the flexibility they wish to implement on the draft PROSE ballot they submit to the PROSE Panel for approval. These templates can be used to help structure ballots in these areas. Schools must wait to receive an approved ballot from the PROSE Panel before conducting a PROSE vote.