I have been reading about the Washington D.C teacher contract negotiation for a a bit. It took 2.5 years to negotiate.
While I don't understand all the nuances, a few things jump out at me:
- A teacher's seniority will not be a determining factor in job retention, rather job performance will be the deciding factor. The perfomance evaluation is based on multiple variables one of them is improvement in student test scores.
- Teachers will get pay raise of 21.6 percent over five years that will increase average annual salary from $67,000 to $81,000. I think this is retroactive.
- Union members approved this contract by 1,412-425–almost 1,000 vote margin.
- The contract invests in professional development for teachers and provides mentoring for new teachers.
As a parent, I feel happy that a teacher that makes a difference in my child's life will be rewarded. On the other hand, this changes the system, even though by a little, it changes the system. People in general don't like changes. What are your thoughts? Do you think your state could benefit from a change?
I really love the idea of professional development for teachers and I am not even one. It is so helpful to have someone to talk to and bounce ideas off of. Together, we are stronger.
Some other questions:
- Do you think the above could become a model for other states?
- Do you think it hurts or helps the teachers?
- Do you think the students will benefit?