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Merrimack Valley

April 3, 2013

City teachers may make over $100K


While Riley has the power to set pay scales under the state-ordered receivership of the city’s chronically underperforming school district, he said still seeks their input on the plan.

“We’re very interested in working with the teachers union to see what they have to say and hear proposals they may have and come to an agreement,” Riley said in an interview last night.

“I know of no other system in the state that allows a teacher with strong performance to move up the pay scale so quickly. I think it’s a good proposal for all our teachers and certainly makes us competitive with anybody in the Merrimack Valley. And for our strong teachers, this should make it more lucrative than anyone in the Merrimack Valley,” Riley said.

“It allows younger, high performing teachers to move up quickly in this new compensation system. At the same time, if a teacher is not doing a good job and is struggling, it doesn’t guarantee them a pay raise every year. My hope is that when the teachers see it, they will recognize this is a pro-teacher proposal,” he said.

Highlights of the plan include:

The creation of a career ladder with five roles for teachers (Novice, Developing, Career, Advanced, Master).

All current teachers will receive an increase in the career ladder system, and more than 92 percent of teachers will receive more than in the career ladder system than they would have received next year for steps and longevity under the old system.

Advancement up the ladder is based on a holistic measure of teacher effectiveness, either a teacher’s annual evaluation or a cumulative portfolio of their teaching career.

New teacher starting salaries will be raised to $44,000. The current starting salary for a teacher with a bachelor degree is $40,047; $42,664 for a teacher with a masters degree.

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