Vote on Broward school-construction outsourcing postponed

The Broward school district’s plan to privatize its school construction department has been pushed back by a month after district administrators postponed a vote scheduled for Tuesday.

The key issue: Broward’s teachers union has not received the proper official notice in the mail that lays out the financial implications of privatizing. The union represents some of the dozens of employees who lost their jobs earlier this year as part of the department’s outsourcing.

The union is fighting the privatization proposal through arbitration, arguing that it violates its contract with the district. In order to allow time for the required letter to the union, the School Board’s vote on the issue was delayed until Jan. 22.

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