Friday, February 20, 2009

Teachers’ Salary Schedule--Revisited

As you know District 100’s Administration is negotiating with the teachers’ union for this coming year school year.  Conversations with many of my non-teacher friends has convinced me that many members of the public do not understand teachers’ salary schedule.  I hope to present, as objectively as possible, an analysis of the current District 100 teachers’ salary schedule.  I hope this will help the public have a positive input to school board members and other decision makers for the next contract.  With the current economic crisis, both our teachers and our community must be treated fairly.

If you think the salary schedules are low compared to other college graduates, do remember that these schedules do not include teachers retirement.  District 100 pays all of teachers’ retirement, that is nearly 10% of a teacher’s gross pay.  If you are working for a private employee, it is as if you answered the question “how much do you make?”,  by stating your salary after you paid your social security tax.   Of course,  we usually just quote our much higher, gross salary.   District 100 teachers do not contribute to Social Security.

How does the salary schedule work?   The schedule provides salary increases for steps (another year of experience at the district) and lane changes (increase for 6 more semester hours of approved college coursework). These concepts of salary increase for longevity and coursework prevail in most school districts across Illinois.  (I hope to publish some of the neighboring K-12 School Districts so you can compare them with District 100.  District 100 should be competitive, but the big question-- competitive with whom?  Rock Valley schools or McHenry County and suburban schools?)

What is another year of longevity or another six hours of coursework worth?  Each year, the teacher will receive another 3.3% in salary for working another year at District 100.  Every six hours of additional approved coursework is also worth a 3.3% in salary*.  A teacher who gains another six hours of credit and another year of seniority in the same year, would receive just over a 6.6% increase. There is a limit to these annual increases.  After 17 years**, a teacher will no longer receive a step increase (longevity) and after MA plus 48 hours there is no lane change available.  Teachers who cannot receive additional steps and lanes,  receive more money only if the school board approves a higher pay schedule for the coming school year.  In past years, multi-year contracts have been approved by the school board and the schedule increased each year.

What is a MA plus 48?  That probably is a doctorate degree.  Technical, any 48 hours of District approved coursework after an approved Masters Degree.  Most Masters degrees can be completed with 32 semester hours.  So the MA plus 48 could be two Masters Degrees plus an additional 16 semester hours of graduate work.  Sometimes the coursework need not be all graduate work.

 

*The increase for MA+40 and MA+48 are worth only a 1.65% increase.

**The BA lanes have a limit of 13-15 steps for longevity.

 Click on the salary schedule to enlarge.

 

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4 comments:

Doug Silberhorn said...

I encouraged my children to go into teaching as this will allow them to be a semi stay at home mom.

What people need to understand is that the teachers work only 185 days or 1/2 year. They make really great money for that 1/2 year. I know of many professional people who have BA's or MA's degree and only make 50,000 or less and must work the whole year. If the teachers don't like - fire them all and hire all new college graduates who will be looking for jobs.

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C said...

Teachers do not work 1/2 of the year. The 185 days that we are scheduled to be in the classroom does not include the weekends and evenings spent grading work at home or the summer days spent obtaining continuing education credits (which are required in order to complete your certificate). Also, many teachers spend time over the summer preparing for the school year in a variety of ways (from curriculum development to the creation of manipulatives that will be used in lessons taught). Also remember that the average teacher spends AT LEAST $600/year on classroom supplies out of their own pockets in order to be able to provide quality lessons. Some teachers spend considerably more. While teachers don't pay social security, they do not receive it either. If you would like to replace experienced teachers with new college graduates, go right ahead. I would not send my children to that school. Remember that most people who go into teaching do not stay in it for more than a few years (I believe the statistic is 5). It is a high stress job in many ways. Try it for a day. I love watching volunteer parents struggle in front of a classroom.