How do you figure teachers are getting a 7% increase in pay?Here is my response:
One: Good point. I rounded, that's why I used the qualifier "almost." I will change the post to the actual percentage of 6.5%.
Two: Keep in mind I do not refer to teachers only, but staff. I use the readily available numbers so that readers can verify for themselves. I would guess that the average teacher increase is higher than the 6.5% noted above.
Three: Teachers have three salary components; the negotiated increase that is reported in the papers, the step increase for additional years of experience (note that there are not step increases in every year), plus the education increase when teachers meet certain thresholds of additional post-graduate education hours. (note: These hours can include simple online course work that is not even close to their actual area of classroom instruction. The same as a computer programmer taking a real estate course and expecting a salary increase.)
Four: How can you verify my numbers? Look at the district's Five-Year Financial Forecast. On page 6, you will find a brief explanation of the three components with their assumed increases (other than the negotiated increase of 2.75%). On page 7, you will find a chart with the salary components. Add the three components above (do not add in the New Staffing piece) and divide by the base wage value. The result is 6.5%.
Five: An additional check. Call the treasurer and ask what the budgeted increases are for the three components. She will give the answer in no time.
Six: Or, look at the union contracts on the district's website and see how salaries can advance. Pick a teacher with (say) 10 years experience and a masters degree. Now, move the teacher to 11 years with a master plus 15, the result is a 9.8% salary increase (remember to include the assumed negotiated increase of 2.75% to the value in the current contract).