The Sun Sentinel reports that BTU will undergo “comprehensive” financial audit in the next few weeks.
The audit was sparked by a letter to the AFT, the national teachers union along with an article published on Browardbeat.com.
What the Sentinel article does not say is who will perform the audit.
An internal audit will be as good as no audit at all.
The union needs a forensic audit provided by a third party.
But BTU is clearly in trouble.
When I was a member of the School Board, BTU boasted membership of 17,000.
This year’s estimate places membership at somewhere around 11,000, meaning that members are leaving in droves.
Estimated annual income dropped from about $13.5 million to just over $9 million.
The decline may very well be because of the feeling that the union is not representing the membership either well, or at all.
While teachers have gone three years without raises, the same can’t be said of BTU’s management.
Which also may explain some of the reduction in membership.
But don’t count out that rascally former Board member telling the membership and the public that the teacher contract has been shafting younger teachers for years on end as another cause of loss in members.
The equation is simple enough: $67 per month union dues + management raises + no membership raises (x3) + contract that keeps younger teachers at slave wages (x16 years) = declining membership.
And now it seems that somebody on the management team has had enough and moved from the dark side.
And that’s good.
They’re breaking ranks and the beneficiaries stand to be the county’s teachers.
I’ve also said for years, that BTU needs to be decertified and replaced by a new bargaining unit.
Reorganizing management would do as well, and that appears to be within the realm of possibility.