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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-26-09 02:45 AM
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Imagine Charter School in Florida to give pay cuts to teachers.
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It is ironic that they are noticing that they were paying some teachers more than the traditional public Broward County Schools. One would think that would be okay for a charter school which is getting so much private and taxpayer money to pay their teachers more....but they don't agree.

This really points out that public school teachers have contracts for the year or for longer if they have tenure. In a public school their salary would not change at the whim of management.

Pay cuts coming at Imagine Charter School at Weston

A committee of teachers and faculty scrutinized the schools finances with one goal in mind: maintain the quality of education in the classroom. In other words, no layoffs, said Rod Sasse, the regional director of Imagine Schools. The committee looked at how much the 43 teachers made and saw huge discrepancies when compared to the Broward School Districts salary scale, he said. Some teachers made up to $8,000 less; others made up to $12,000 more.

I surely would love to know what basis they used for their salary decisions at Imagine. Pretty rough to be hired at one salary then have it lowered considerably.

Over the past three years, the schools budget has gone from about $6.9 million to about $5.6 million, Sasse said, yet staff got raises up to this year. Somethings got to change.

The solution is to level the playing field, meaning 19 classroom teachers will get pay cuts ranging from 1 percent to 22 percent, while 24 others will receive a bump in pay. Sasse said the entire staff is taking an additional 5 percent pay cut, including the principal and yours truly.

Other changes coming at the school: adding a voluntary pre-kindergarten program to bring in extra money; sharing a speech specialist among several Imagine schools (there are four in South Florida); negotiating with the landlord to freeze the rent; and getting one janitorial crew to clean several schools instead of using individual crews.

Again, I wonder who sets the pay standards? The Imagine CMO from Virginia, or the local charter school. That is a huge pay discrepancy. Much more than public schools.

Florida is eagerly adding more charter schools, but it appears a battle might be brewing in Alabama. It appears "teachers union boss Paul Hubbert said he will fight Gov. Bob Riley's proposal to bring them to Alabama."


Calling charter schools a "fad" that takes money away from public schools, teachers union boss Paul Hubbert said he will fight Gov. Bob Riley's proposal to bring them to Alabama.

Riley told the Press-Register on Tuesday that he would like the Alabama Legislature to pass a law enabling the creation of charter schools. It's the only way, he said, that Alabama will be able to compete against other states for $4.35 billion in education funds that President Barack Obama is giving out as part of his Race to the Top campaign.

But Hubbert, who holds influence as executive secretary of the Alabama Education Association, said Thursday that he'll fight any charter proposal.

"I intend to oppose it strongly," Hubbert said. "I think it's wrong and I think it will hurt far more than help.

"It would absolutely take money from the public schools and put it in a charter school, which basically operates like a private school," Hubbert said.

Hubbert will lose the battle because the big money that Arne is offering to states that have more making people greedy. They will in the end give up their objections.

Money talks.
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