Board OKs Mpls. teachers contract that adds four days to school year

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 18, 2012 - 8:15 AM

Proposal trades more days on duty for freedom from time-consuming requirements imposed on teachers.

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craigpedersoApr. 17, 1210:10 PM

The board member is Jill Davis, not Joe Davis. Also, an ironic caption in the photo saying this is an important "stop" in the process of reform and improvement - guessing it should be step.

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gofigerApr. 17, 1210:50 PM

It also clears some time-consuming requirements now imposed on teachers in an effort to help them focus more on teamwork and data analysis in an effort to accelerate learning. - As usual, no information in the story. What time consuming parts of their job do they not want to do now? Teach? Lets be serious, jobs have requirements. Including putting information in stories.

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krzyktApr. 18, 1212:41 AM

Not bad. $3,000 raise for working 15 minutes more each day and 4 extra days. Brings the average salary up to $69,000.

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minn12Apr. 18, 12 3:51 AM

So in reality, the teachers got a $3000 raise? And cost of this contract to the taxpayers is $17 million dollars? I guess no matter what, they were going to find a way to get a nice raise despite the budget crunch. Just bill the taxpayers again. And I'm tired of Johnson's constant platitudes, with no real results. She says "This contract is an important and meaningful step in a phased process of reform and improvement". What the heck does that mean? Where are the results? Where is the improvement??

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karendavid816Apr. 18, 12 5:47 AM

Kind of a confusing article. Do the teachers get the extra 3k for reporting four days earlier without the students or do the students also get an additional four days of instruction. Sounds like the Board and the Union have spun this pretty well for the intern reporting the story.

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savagedruidsApr. 18, 12 7:42 AM

Average salary of $66k for 10, maybe 9.5, months of work? Pretty good. Works out to $80k per if they worked the entire year.

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chuckdancerApr. 18, 12 7:43 AM

It just strikes me as very odd that this frantic desparate effort to save the children focuses solely on teacher unions and cost. On the one hand these people want to tear up the system because it is the sole cause of students underachieving. On the other hand, all they do is bitch about money for the childrens' education. Does this make any sense: teachers are the most important piece in the education of our children (really they aren't talking about their children, it is the "minority" kids), so let's cut the teachers pay, make them work more days and more hours per day for free and strip them of any say in their job? They want to do all of this based on "studies" done by someone, somewhere that prove it is all the teachers fault; all the teachers. Give me a break.

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gcrileyApr. 18, 12 8:00 AM

savagedruids Apr. 18, 12 7:42 AM Average salary of $66k for 10, maybe 9.5, months of work? Pretty good. Works out to $80k per if they worked the entire year. -- Get of your line of BS. It is an annual salary which they can take over 9 mos with 0 for 3 or 12 mo's. In addition they have required continuing ed which they have to pay for themselves. After seeing you post this on different stories regarding schools, you appear to have salary envy.

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rangerdangerApr. 18, 12 8:34 AM

Sounds like some of you wish you were teachers? I'd like to see you teach in one of those schools and try to teach kids who's parents don't parent! Give me a break.....when everyone is doing well, no one complains....when your sitting home not looking for a job.....then everyone is upset with those who do have one. Start watching your own bobber and be happy someone wants to work in the Minneapolis school system!

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savagedruidsApr. 18, 12 4:06 PM

gcriley: whats your point? If I changed my job to work 10 months rather than 12 then my salary would be reduced. If MN ever goes to year round school a teacher making $66K will want to be paid $80k, rightly so. Teacher pay is good.

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