Pinellas returns to table today to talk teacher raises
Negotiating teams from Pinellas County Schools and the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association are scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. today to discuss a proposed salary schedule that would provide a 5.6 percent raise for teachers, on average, and bump up starting teacher salaries to $40,000 a year.
See our previous blog post here.
The proposal would make Pinellas tops in the Tampa Bay region for starting teacher pay, something that could help with efforts to recruit and retain teachers early in their careers. Hillsborough paid their starting teachers $37,569 a year in the 2012/13 school year, while Pasco paid $36,420 a year. Under Pasco's tentative agreement for the 2013/14 school year, starting teachers will earn $37,000 a year.
The Pinellas proposal is proving unpopular with some teachers who have seven to 11 years of experience. Under the old salary schedule, a teacher started at $37,000 a year. After 10 years, that teacher earned $39,702 a year. With the new salary schedule, a starting teacher would earn $40,000. The 10-year teacher entering their 11th year would earn $41,500.
Those numbers don't take into account advanced degrees.
The new proposal allows teachers to reach higher pay levels faster than under the old schedule. It also boosts the overall pay. Under the old schedule, the highest pay a teacher could reach without advanced degrees was $60,079. Under the new schedule, it's $61,300.