On the face of it, the Superintendent’s statement is somewhat true. There is a gap between our different wage proposals. But the Superintendent did not clearly state that her office calculated the gap as the sum of moneys accumulated and aggregated over a four-year period. A look at the salary gap year-by-year reveals itself as far less overwhelming “ and far less provocative.
So in Year 1, according to the Superintendent, there is a gap of $5.5 million. In Year 2, the Superintendent counted the same $5.5 million, and added another $16 million for Year 2. In Year 3, ditto “ the Superintendent counted the $5.5 million and the $16 million and another $17 million for Year 3. Same for Year 4, even though the BTU made only a 3-year proposal. You get the point. The $85 million is an aggregated amount over a four-year period and exaggerates our differences.
Here’s the bottom line: In Years 1 through 3, there is a yearly gap of $5.5 million, $16 million, and $12 million, respectively, or $34 million “ a lot less than BPS This Week suggests. (All figures are rounded.)
“Last week, central office staff met with a small group of teachers to map out strategies to improve professional development. Led by former principal Ross Wilson, this intensive program could include designating teacher-leaders as “professional development liaisons” for every school…”
On this idea we are in 100% agreement. In fact, we made this proposal as part of our bargaining package, and we hope the Superintendent accepts our offer. We need good, quality professional development, and the best people to lead that effort are our teachers.