As this is written, the top issue standing in the way of a contract between the Geneva School Board and the Geneva Education Association is the package of salaries for the next three years.
There are others, certainly, but the salary issue is at the top of the list.
The School Board is asking for a pay freeze in the first year and saying that teachers should no longer get an automatic step increase every year. The GEA is saying annual step increases are necessary because teachers don't have the opportunity for grade-level promotions, as are available in other professions.
Both sides are promoting lane increases for each eight hours of coursework toward an advanced degree, but with differing timetables.
In the previous three-year contract, teachers received a 3 percent cost-of-living increase each year plus a step increase each year (2.65 percent in the third year of the contract) plus a salary increase for each lane advancement.
Each lane increase was 2.65 percent up to a master's degree and more than 5 percent for each lane between master's and doctorate.
Both the GEA and School Board agree that salaries should be less than the previous contract signed in 2009, when the economic climate was better. Both sides say they want a resolution that's fair to Geneva educators and fair to taxpayers. At stake is a potential teachers strike, starting as soon as Nov. 9.
Our poll question is: Which is more fair?
The GEA's Final Offer
- 2012-13: Certified Staff will be given step and lane movement with an addition of 1% to the salary schedule.
- 2013-14: Certified staff will be given step and lane movement with an addition of 1% to the salary schedule.
- 2014-15: Certified staff will take a pay freeze for the first half of the year. In the second half of the year certified staff will be given step and lane movement. (The equivalent is a 1.325 percent step and a 1.325 percent lane.)
The School Board's Final Offer
- 2012-13: 0% increase to salary schedule; no step increase; no lane movement, but a one- time, non-recurring $500 stipend for those teachers that would qualify for lane movement.
- 2013-14: 1.40% increase to the salary schedule; no step increase; teachers who qualify may move as many as three (3) lanes across salary schedule.
- 2014-15: 0% increase to salary schedule; step increase (2.65%); teachers who qualify may move across one (1) lane only.
Do you have a better proposal or a compromise you think is fair? Please submit it in the comments field!
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