Issues & Platform
We must address teacher pay. Without raising taxes, we can give all new teachers graduating from an Arizona college a starting salary of $60,000. These new teachers can then reach a top salary of $80,000 within 13 years. In addition, we will also move current teacher salary to this new pay scale based on time in the classroom.
In PVUSD, teachers can teach up to 40 students per class, which means that each class has a funding source of $400,000 available to tap into each year.
PVUSD starts new teachers at $34,000 with benefits we are looking at a cost per teacher around $40,000 leaving close to $360,000 on the table to use to increase teacher pay and adequately supply each classroom and still have the funds needed to cover administration cost and even offer tax reduction to property owners.
CTSO Pay Like We Pay Coaches
We need a system that compensates teachers for their time spent building and maintaining a CTSO. To have a certified CTSO, a teacher needs to meet a set of state requirements that will force a teacher to work outside of the classroom. If we require more money for classroom spending, we will have enough money to pay CTSO teachers as we do coaches to compensate them for the extra hours spent running a successful club or student organization.
Smaller Class Sizes
How do we make sure schools don’t slowly increase the class size over time? We need to have a system in place that will make administration pay if they deviate from the proposed 28/1 standard. Any teacher, during a contract year- who ends up with more than 28 students in their classroom will be paid a $1,500 stipend per student over 28. The stipend will also help teachers avoid the administrative abuse of overloading a class out of retaliation.
Teacher Classroom Preparation
A school may not have an option to have one person teach just one subject, but that does not mean that the teachers should not be compensated for the extra work needed to teach their classes correctly.
The school needs to pay teachers a stipend for all classes that do not have a paid preparation time. Each preparation time over their assigned area per academic year needs to have a compensation of $33 per hour for 180 hours. The extra funds would total out to $5,920 per subject. This stipend will help teachers prep for each of their classes properly, and the compensation should ease the burden placed on them over the non-paid hours that is currently expected of them.
Paid for by Brian Joseph Lesinski