Pasco teachers seek to improve pay for teaching extra periods
Once upon a time, the Pasco County school district paid teachers an amount equaling 20 percent of their salaries if they would agree to teach a sixth class period daily. Teachers were okay with that.
During its budget crunch of 2010, though, the district ended that deal. Instead, it offered to pay teachers a flat rate, regardless of pay or experience, for that work. With money in short supply, and layoffs threatened, the teachers agreed.
Funding is more plentiful now. So the United School Employees of Pasco has asked for a return to the old ways. At negotiations this week, the USEP proposed reinstating the 0.2 pay rate for extra instruction. It also called for teachers who agree to substitute for others to receive $25 for each 50-minute period, with $15 for time beyond that.
If the substituting would last more than five days, their pay would go to 1.2 of their base pay for the duration of the time substituting. The district pays $55 to $75 a day for non-employee substitutes, but has struggled to fill all the positions.
Read the USEP proposal here. The district has not responded to the offer.