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R.I. District Gives Teachers Annual 11.2% Raise, with No Demand for Improved Performance

ken5213 Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 10:54 AM
Step pay raises in teachers union contracts is the dirty little secret in the education world. Why do you think the teachers union fights in Michigan and elsewhere are so well attended by union leaders from all over the country? Doubling of pay for teachers is a dream come true. And the retirement pay and health benefits are not too bad either! Your local tax dollars at work.

It pays to work for the government.

Just ask the teachers in the Westerly, Rhode Island school district. The school committee just agreed to a new union collective bargaining agreement that doubles teachers’ pay in nine years.

Perhaps all the news we’ve been hearing about government schools lacking funds has been exaggerated.

The pay raises will come through adjustments to the annual teacher “step salary” schedule. There will now be nine steps up the salary ladder instead of 11, and each step will pay teachers more money than in the past. A lot more, in fact.

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