As forwarded to Florida Public Employees by Miami-Dade County Public Schools teachers:
M E M O R A N D U M December 19, 2012
TO: Instructional Personnel
FROM: Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent of Schools
SUBJECT: COMMENTS REGARDING CURRENT SALARY SCHEDULE
Since the completion of the last round of bargaining between Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) and United Teachers of Dade (UTD), I have had occasion to hear from a significant number of teachers regarding the view that the current salary schedule is inherently unfair. I have heard what you have said.
Accordingly, please allow me to relay comments which I made publicly at the School Board meeting last week. You may view a version of these comments athttp://www.dadeschools.net/tv?q=IsahXh4JBPT4j9ZULdZ2YCH71H4JEBd8.
The salary increase bargained during this last round of negotiations was the schedule presented by UTD. It maintains the traditional salary schedule and “step” structure which is inherently inequitable and unfair. This less than ideal solution however, provided an increase in beginning teachers’ pay to $40,000, and a step advancement; both promises made under a previous administration.
It is my intent to return to the bargaining table immediately following the winter recess to negotiate a new salary schedule for teachers which is more equitable.
I recognize the value our teachers bring to our enterprise. The recent report on graduation rates, which demonstrates that M-DCPS has outpaced the state in student graduation, is only the latest indicator in a series which point to your effectiveness as educators.
Finally, as we approach the winter recess, please allow me to wish each of you the very best and to hope that you find yourself within the warm embrace of the ones you love.
cc: School Board Attorney
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