With eye on horizon, district, union settle

Published: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 11:27 AM.

Should the teacher be deemed high performing the following year, that teacher would again be eligible for a bonus that would be a permanent salary addition.

In theory, that would mean a teacher could be making $100,000 or more as a high-performing teacher.

“Don’t get me wrong, teachers deserve more than they are paid, but that would just break us,” Wooten said. “Given some time, the district could go bankrupt. I think the union also recognized it.”

The state teacher’s union has filed a lawsuit asking a court to look at the provisions of the law to ensure they are constitutional.

“When they start chawing at the bigger districts, the Legislature will hear about it,” Wooten said. “We little districts, we are sitting tight and taking it one year at a time.”

Further frustrating districts who will begin the process of negotiating a salary schedule that will be based on learning gains made by students in the classroom is that the Florida Department of Education or the Florida Legislature could override any agreement at the bargaining table.

A baseline for the bonus a high-performing teacher would receive has not been established by the state and the law does not provide one.

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