After 10 days of emotion-packed meetings and much deliberation, representatives of the teachers' union have signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education, ending the threat of a teachers' strike that would have postponed the opening of the school year. The 55 million shekel that was restored to the budget allowed 600 teachers who were fired to be rehired, 470 to retire with pensions, and another 300 to received increased severance pay.
Some recommendations of the Dovrat committee that have been adopted include a shortened, five-day school week in 35 districts. Teachers working the longer school day will receive 110 shekel for every additional hour, increasing their salaries by one-third.
During the school year, the teachers' union and Education Ministry will continue working out the implementation of a comprehensive reform to the nation's educational system, based on the committee's recommendations. "Most of the public is convinced that a change is needed," Education Minister Limor Livnat told reporters at a press conference yesterday. "September 1st will be a day of good tidings for all…."