Pay changes for part-time virtual teachers
Teachers in the Pinellas County School District who teach online classes part time are going to see a difference in how they're paid.
As part of the tentative agreement between the school district and the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association, teachers will no longer receive a one-period pay supplement. (The equivalent of teaching an extra period a day.) The amount was based on the teacher's annual salary; typically teachers received about 14 percent of their salary for teaching part-time online classes for the year.
Instead, teachers will receive an initial supplement of $2,000 for up to 45 students per semester. Teachers also will get $50 per student who successfully completes the class. (Success is defined as earning above a D grade.)
Teachers won't be given more than two online classes per semester. They also must offer at least five hours of "office hours" each week and return calls from students or parents within 24 hours.
The district doesn't have many part-time virtual instructors now. Marshall Ogletree, executive director of the teachers union, estimated that 10 to 15 teachers have been doing it. But the district is expecting those numbers to grow, particularly since high school students are now required to take at least one virtual course before graduating.
Under the new pay structure, which was modeled after one used by Pasco County Schools, Ogletree said some teachers might make more money, while others might make less.
This item is on the school board's agenda for Tuesday. To see the agenda, click here.