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Pasco aims to hash out who will teach in its virtual school



Pasco school teachers who want to instruct the district's new online courses will have to do it on an adjunct basis outside their regular contract work hours, if the district administration has its way.

As part of contract negotiations, the administration has proposed an agreement that would set forth the working conditions for virtual teachers. Here's what else it would take:

  • Teachers must have a publishable phone number and a computer with high-speed Internet access.
  • Teachers must set at least five weekly "office hours" for parents and students.
  • Teachers must respond to student communication within 24 hours.

Educators who take the jobs would be expected to do the work in addition to their regular classroom jobs. They'd get an initial supplement of $2,000 for up to 45 students enrolled, per semester, with no more than two courses per semester.

For each student who successfully completes the course with a grade of D or higher, the teacher would receive an additional $50.

District officials say they have teachers lining up for the positions. That's at least one way to give yourself a raise that otherwise looks unlikely.

Jeff Solochek, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:29am]


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