We are waiting like everyone else for the legislators to reach agreement with the Governor on a 2011-13 state budget. Like you, we understand that the road block is between the senate and the house, specifically around dealing with education reductions and worker's compensation issues related to disability. Who will prevail? Will it be the house freeze on salary schedule placement or the senate's proposal for a three percent across the board salary cut?
Speaking with contacts we have with more information leads us to believe that the senate may be looking at reducing their proposal to a 1.9% salary cut. If this salary cut is paired with reductions to the 180 day school year requirement so less pay comes from less work are you in favor of it? I struggle to support any agreement that reduces the school year. For us, it could result in loss of our waiver days that are necessary to support our change efforts and implementation of Classroom 10.
Should the budget compromise include a salary reduction coupled with a reduction in the 180 school year requirement? Or, should the compromise include freezing placement on the teacher salary schedule.