It’s a mischaracterization by the Times Union to say teachers received seven million dollars in raises. Teachers don’t get paid the same and haven’t for quite some time. First year teachers get paid so much; second a different amount and so on. The district, who gave teachers more than they asked for by the way, to quickly end their financial urgency debacle just agreed a seventh year teacher would be paid like a seventh year teacher and that’s all.
Teachers by the way also routinely and annually spend hundreds if not thousand of dollars on other people’s children while working hundred if not thousands of hours of unpaid over time. They have seen their cost of benefits rise dramatically and haven’t seen an actual raise to the pay scale since the 07-08 school year.
Finally it isn’t just the district who thinks there are inequalities in the teacher pay scale and DTU made that abundantly clear during the negotiations.