St. Paul school district, teachers reach tentative deal

  • Article by: ANTHONY LONETREE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 21, 2014 - 9:45 AM

The St. Paul school district and the teachers' union have reached a tentative contract agreement, Superintendent Valeria Silva said Friday morning.

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humen007Feb. 21, 1412:14 AM

"Still to be resolved, but seemingly less of a concern, was the issue of wages and benefits." Really? It's always about the money! Nine million dollars apart on the compensation proposal but not to worry "the issue of wages and benefits are seemingly less of a concern". What BS! It's time to break up the Government Monopoly known as public education. Who is negotiating for the lowly taxpayer from whence the money comes?

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rshacklefordFeb. 21, 1412:22 AM

I spent some time researching, via public information websites, which teachers made which salaries and took each teacher's years of education and total years worked into account (and even gave a pass to that UofMN Prof that exclaimed that ALL of her education degree students deserve to get 'A's so that is what she grants). But, I still cannot figure out why an elem ed phy ed teacher is paid more than a STEM teacher. Jumping jacks are not going to compete against the other countries that are easily surpassing our students not to mention that those exercises are extremely easy to teach. The shuttle run is only slightly more difficult. There is something seriously wrong with the compensation system of educators. It is as if the coursework taught has no bearing whatsoever on the teacher's compensation. How would that fact make private workers feel? The receptionist of a company like Dow Chemical makes as much as the chemist who designs an antidote to a deadly toxin? Education Minnesota shows no understanding of logic, value, fairness, member management, etc. The only thing I see from the group is a "stick together or the 'non-educators' will destroy us" type internal worries.

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jeffportFeb. 21, 14 6:32 AM

Lets see, more Powerful Unions = a lower world ranking in education.. Why again do they deserve more from the taxpayers?

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drfranktFeb. 21, 14 6:34 AM

If you could get rid of the teacher's union, possibly fiscal sanity and common sense would return. With the union ensconced (def. establish or settle in a comfortable, safe, or secret place.), there is no possibility of either!

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summer12Feb. 21, 14 6:52 AM

Maybe if Silva gives up some of her grossly generous salary and perks she can feed the rest of the union.

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tandabussFeb. 21, 14 7:16 AM

Silva is trying to effect change. The status quo doesn't work well for lots of students. Ed MN needs to get out of the way of helping all students.

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wplettfanFeb. 21, 14 7:43 AM

rshackleford - Why do you choose to take such a narrow view of phys. ed? You look at it as jumping jacks. Others look at it as exercise and lifelong health. By the way, there is no such thing as a STEM teacher. There are groups of teachers that make up a STEM curriculum. (Science, Math, Tech, and Language Arts [gotta learn how to properly write your findings]) Are you willing to pay them all more? Are you willing to pay Social Studies less? After all, our history, how our country is run, and how we participate in it seems pretty important to me.

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marcymmbFeb. 21, 14 7:43 AM

If the teachers are allowed a walkout strike who loses Oh that's right the children, I don't care what anybody says it should not be allowed.

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stramoneFeb. 21, 14 7:57 AM

Any teacher that strikes should be fired.

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wplettfanFeb. 21, 14 8:22 AM

rshackleford - By the way, if you compare a school receptionist's salary with a teachers, I think you will see it's in line with your Dow example. Let's compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges please.

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