Pasco teachers asked to work two extra days
To open this year's teacher contract negotiations, the Pasco County school district proposed having all teachers work the equivalent of two extra days with pay.
"We're offering to extend planning week from 7-1/2 hour days to 9 hour days, and add one extra day in the spring semester," said district chief negotiator Betsy Kuhn. "It would end up being two extra days of pay and work."
The goal is to give teachers more time for planning and training in the methods of professional learning communities, and for preparing the shift to the Common Core State Standards.
The United School Employees of Pasco has yet to respond to the proposal, which remains on the table when the sides return next week. Neither the administration nor the union has made any salary offers yet, with the USEP signaling a desire to deal with changes to performance evaluation rules first.