Pinellas students to protest academic coaching salary cuts
More than 100 Pinellas students are planning to protest the academic coaching salary cuts Wednesday at the district administration building in Largo, according to a press release sent out late last night. The action follows the district's decision to end academic coaching salary supplements - equal to 14 percent of a teacher's pay - for about 100 teachers in four elite, high school magnet programs: the IB programs at St. Petersburg High and Palm Harbor University High, the Center for Advanced Technologies at Lakewood High and the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High.
"These teachers fulfill a myriad of roles and perform a great deal of duties that go above and beyond the normal scope of duties for teachers in traditional programs," the press release says.
The protest is set from 12:30 p.m. to approximately 5 p.m. Read on for the full press release:
On Wednesday, May 19, over 100 Pinellas County Schools students will be protesting the recent decision to cut the 14% pay supplement given to IB, CAT, and PCCA magnet program teachers. They will be protesting from approximately 12:30 (after school) to approximately 5:00. They have created a number of creative proposals that would make the necessary budget cuts while providing the pay supplements that these hard working teacher so very much deserve. These teachers fulfill a myriad of roles and perform a great deal of duties that go above and beyond the normal scope of duties for teachers in traditional programs. AP teachers have student incentives based on student test performance and the test results of the students of these magnet programs generate a great deal of federal incentive money for the county that would more than pay for the costs of this pay supplement. I recommend that you cover this story because it affects many students of the area and has caused a great deal of outrage throughout these programs. For more information, go here.