SB 6 won't cut teacher pay? Do the math, union leader says
The following is from prepared remarks that Marshall Ogletree, executive director of the Pinellas teachers union, will deliver to the House Education Policy Council when it meets today. It's a response to the argument that teacher pay will NOT be cut if SB 6 passes, and refers to the "performance fund" that will be set aside with 5 percent of state, federal and local funds.
In Pinellas, the Performance Fund would exceed $40 million. This is $40 million taken from funding we presently use for salaries, transportation, instructional materials and the list goes on. It is ironic, but the 2011-12 date coincides with the end of federal stimulus funds, leaving the district with a $51 million funding cliff. The total of $91 million exceeds 10 percent of the Pinellas County Schools' operating budget. I, for one, do not believe there will be any performance pay any time soon unless we reduce other employees’ salaries or jobs. The district has already lost 7-8 percent in funds per student since May 2007.
Read Ogletree's full statement here.