I am going to get a raise and a substantial in DCPS terms raise too. My salary is going to go up a little over 1,300 hundred dollars and to give you some scale, a teacher on the old scale would have had to work 5 years to get a 1,300 dollar raise and I was only scheduled to get a raise of around 700 dollars (I am a thirteenth year teacher on step 12 because of the step teachers lost a few years back). I am also practically guaranteed a raise of 750 dollars a year for the next few years too. On the old scale teachers didn’t get that raise in a single year until year 13. It’s more money accumulating at a faster rate and I think I hate it.
Here is the problem, if you are a second year teacher and you get an effective evaluation then you will get a 1,000 dollar raise. However if you are a tenth year teacher and you get a highly effective evaluation meaning you are the best of the best. You can only get a five hundred dollar raise. Well you could get more if you gave up your work protections.
A first year teacher with four effective evaluations will catch a sixth year teacher on a professional contract in terms of salary in four years, they will surpass them in their fifth.
The contract says hey if you’re in the middle of the pay scale, years 6 through 20, you can make more money but you have to take less security, it devalues experience unless you want to live year to year.
Also it’s my bet that the union is short changing its members by agreeing to the contract. I bet there are a lot more union members on professional contracts than not and people on professional contracts, people who have been around and successful years are really getting shortchanged.
This is a great deal for new teachers but a poor one for veterans.
I am willing to entertain the though I am just too jaded and too critical on this matter. Any thoughts?
To look at the contract: click the link, http://www.dtujax.com/Teacher_Settlement_Feb_2015.htm