So many individuals are angry over the proposed raises. A few things which need to be communicated. First, it is a proposal which is up to the population of teachers to vote upon, not just union members. It will not be voted on before late August by instructional teachers. Second, your bargaining team agrees there is more money, but without board members supporting a change in budgeting practice, that money isn’t making it to salary allocations. Third, though many are tired of hearing about the law and don’t understand how the law is controlling salaries for teachers, I’m going to leave a copy of the law here for everyone to read. But, for those that don’t understand I’ll break it down like this: Our district has been successful with reaching $47,500 salaries. So, if a grandfathered employee gets $1.00 the law says that a person on performance pay who earns Highly Effective, must get $1.25. The law then says that a performance pay individual earning Effective would be paid 63 cents up to 94 cents.
State Law: 1012.22
Beginning July 1, 2021, and until such time as the minimum base salary as defined in s. 1011.62(16) equals or exceeds $47,500, the annual increase to the minimum base salary shall not be less than 150 percent of the largest adjustment made to the salary of an employee on the grandfathered salary schedule. Thereafter, the annual increase to the minimum base salary shall not be less than 75 percent of the largest adjustment for an employee on the grandfathered salary schedule.
b. Salary adjustments.—Salary adjustments for highly effective or effective performance shall be established as follows:
(I) The annual salary adjustment under the performance salary schedule for an employee rated as highly effective must be at least 25 percent greater than the highest annual salary adjustment available to an employee of the same classification through any other salary schedule adopted by the district.
(II) The annual salary adjustment under the performance salary schedule for an employee rated as effective must be equal to at least 50 percent and no more than 75 percent of the annual adjustment provided for a highly effective employee of the same classification.
(III) A salary schedule shall not provide an annual salary adjustment for an employee who receives a rating other than highly effective or effective for the year.