Denver Public Faculties Superintendent Susana Cordova stated the district is providing roughly 10 p.c raises to academics this 12 months, placing educators on a observe to make as a lot as $100,000 yearly.
“Primarily based on what we’re proposing immediately, the typical instructor’s base wage will develop by roughly 10 p.c,” Cordova stated in her on-line video message launched late Friday. “That’s development from this 12 months to subsequent 12 months, not development over a number of years. We’ve additionally created a pathway to a $100,000 instructor, and that’s in our base pay.”
However Margaret Bobb, a lately retired DPS instructor, wrote an e mail to The Denver Submit saying that the typical instructor wage in Denver final 12 months was $53,000. The 10 p.c wage enhance wouldn’t carry most academics anyplace close to $100,000, in accordance with her.
“That appears like so much, however it doesn’t carry DPS as much as parity with different metro districts, who get the identical state funding as DPS,” Bobb wrote, referring to the 10 p.c elevate.
Cordova’s message comes after two days of negotiations between DPS and the Denver Classroom Academics Affiliation by which educators stated they’re ready to strike for the primary time since 1994.
Though Cordova has vowed to maintain colleges open no matter a strike, she stated will work exhausting for a decision.
“I do know we are able to get an settlement,” Cordova stated in her message.
Three extra bargaining classes are scheduled for subsequent week. The contract overlaying the district’s 4,300 academics expires Jan. 18, and the union has scheduled a strike vote for the next day if an settlement isn’t reached as beforehand reported.
In keeping with the district’s proposal Tuesday, DPS would add $17 million towards instructor pay. The union is asking the district to take a position about $30 million towards instructor pay.
In her message, Cordova stated she and different district officers have listened fastidiously to instructor considerations.
“We’ve heard concerning the significance of rising the pie of funding accessible to put money into our academics and SSPs (Particular Service Suppliers). … They’ve spoken about rising base salaries, with fewer incentives,” she stated in her message.
“We’ve heard clearly the significance of predictability in ensuring academics they know the place they’re on the wage desk and the way their wage will develop over time. We’ve heard about honoring instructor’s investments of their training,” she stated. “I’ve positively heard frustrations about not transferring fast sufficient to get to an settlement. I share that sentiment, and my dedication is to do every part I can to achieve that negotiated settlement that everybody can be ok with.”
The district is providing so as to add a lane on its wage desk that will increase wages based mostly on how a lot academics are incomes, she stated.
In an e mail, substitute instructor Nina Barber wrote that she wouldn’t work if there’s a instructor’s strike after witnessing quite a few issues at her college through the 1994 strike. She stated it was chaotic.
“I retired final 12 months, annoyed that I might by no means once more enhance my base wage irrespective of how loyally I continued to work for DPS,” Barber wrote.