Getting closer all the time
Pasco teachers, who overwhelmingly rejected performance pay in the spring, could get a second chance to take a stand as early as next week. And this time, one of the key stumbling blocks to approval appears to have disappeared.
The United School Employees of Pasco has gained what lead negotiator Jim Ciadella called "significant change" over whether teachers should be evaluated individually or as teams during talks with the administration last week. Teachers wanted some flexibility here, as the district's philosophy focuses on educators working together with students who move between their classrooms.
Terry Rhum, the district's lead negotiator, told the Gradebook he believed the sides could reach a final agreement as early as the end of this week (though talks have not been scheduled). The School Board and teachers union would get to vote afterward. If the district is to participate in the state's Merit Award Program, it must submit a plan by Oct. 1.
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