Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hillsborough teachers' union members ratify new contract

TAMPA — Members of the Hillsborough County teachers union have voiced strong approval for a new contract, officials said Monday.

Some 96 percent of voting teachers supported the proposal while 97 percent of non-teaching staff did so, said Nick Whitman, executive director of the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association.

The contract, if approved today by the School Board, would mark the first union vote on the district's seven-year, $202 million reform effort with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Teachers will for the first time be evaluated by a new corps of peer evaluators and mentors drawn from the teaching ranks starting this fall. They will be judged under a new, more nuanced evaluation system, and in 2013 new teachers' pay will be determined by student test scores as well as peer and principal evaluations.

Under that system, teachers will no longer be paid more for advanced degrees. New teachers will receive a one-time reimbursement for a master's and a doctoral degree, based on the in-state average cost of those degrees. Veteran teachers who opt to join the performance-based salary system will be reimbursed a pro-rated amount.

The proposed contract gives most teachers a 2 percent "step increase" on their current salary scale, with those at the top getting a $1,000 increase.

It also includes 14 early-release days for teacher planning and meetings in the coming year, as well as a half-day on the last day of school. While that's no different than last year's calendar, some parents have opposed such days, calling them disruptive, and candidates have raised the issue during the campaign for open School Board seats.

Parents and students also raised concerns about the lateness of spring break, which doesn't come until April 25 under the new calendar. District officials said they needed the extra time to prepare students for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, but offered a four-day weekend on March 18 to provide a mid-spring rest. That arrangement, too, is part of the proposed contract with teachers.

Electronic voting by union members concluded Sunday at midnight, officials said.

Hillsborough teachers' union members ratify new contract 08/30/10 [Last modified: Monday, August 30, 2010 11:25pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Spain planning to strip Catalonia of its autonomy

    World

    BARCELONA, Spain — The escalating confrontation over Catalonia's independence drive took its most serious turn Saturday as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain announced he would remove the leadership of the restive region and initiate a process of direct rule by the central government in Madrid.

    Demonstrators in Barcelona protest the decision to take control of Catalonia to derail the independence movement.
  2. Funeral held for U.S. soldier at center of Trump fight

    Nation

    COOPER CITY — Mourners remembered not only a U.S. soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman but his three comrades who died with him.

    The casket of Sgt. La David T. Johnson of Miami Gardens, who was killed in an ambush in Niger. is wheeled out after a viewing at the Christ The Rock Church, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017  in Cooper City, Fla. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via AP) FLMIH102
  3. Chemical industry insider now shapes EPA policy

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has struggled to prevent an ingredient once used in stain-resistant carpets and nonstick pans from contaminating drinking water.

    This is the Dow chemical plant near Freeport, Texas. Before the 2016 election, Dow had been in talks with the EPA to phase out the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which is blamed for disabilities in children. Dow is no longer willing to compromise.
  4. Unforgiving wildfires affect vineyard workers and owners

    Nation

    SONOMA, Calif. — When the wildfires ignited, vineyard workers stopped picking grapes and fled for their lives. Some vineyard owners decided to stay and fight back, spending days digging firebreaks and sleeping among their vines.

    Wilma Illanes and daughter Gabriela Cervantes, 8, found their home intact, but had lost a week’s wages and sought aid.
  5. O'Reilly got new contract after big settlement

    Nation

    Last January, six months after Fox News ousted its chairman amid a sexual harassment scandal, the network's top-rated host at the time, Bill O'Reilly, struck a $32 million agreement with a longtime network analyst to settle new sexual harassment allegations, two people briefed on the matter told the New York …

    Bill O’Reilly was fired by Fox News after multiple allegations.