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Pros and Cons about your school district
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What do you think is the best and worst thing about working in your school district and/or state?

For example, does state testing take away teachers' creativity? Is there merit pay? Are evaluations tied to student performance? Etc.


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Interesting topic
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Pros:
The pay scale “moves” from step to step. There are $2k - $3k increases between each step.
The district offers a wide variety of academy courses in the fall, spring and summer that can be taken at no cost. The 1, 2 and 3 credit courses can be used towards recertification and salary bumps.
We have a district pension that supplements the state system. The district pension provides an additional 25% of the highest three years’ average salary.
The number of resources available. The district spends a lot on training, materials, employee support, etc. I have never had to buy anything for my classroom.
I don’t feel we are pushed to teach to the test. Actually, it’s quite the opposite.
A ton of unique programs, enrichment and extra curricular activities, starting in the elementary school.
We have the equivalent of 20 inclement weather days built in when we count hours, so no worry about having to make up days.

Cons:
The district is large. (Actually, this could be a good or bad thing, depending on what we are discussing).
No collective bargaining.
Inconsistent application of school board policies across the district.
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I am impressed with how the payscale increases by 2-3 thousand dollars. So in your district, teachers are required to take college courses to be recertified?
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Old 01-11-2020, 07:38 AM
 
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We need courses or other activities, but they don’t have to necessarily be college credits. I take the courses the district provides.

I’ll add that it is an area with a high COL, especially housing costs.
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Old 01-11-2020, 09:40 AM
 
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Thanks for explaining. Yes, cost of living definitely explains the higher pay. Your district is nicely compensated for additional hours and degrees. Ours is sort of a slap in the face because it's only about a five hundred dollar increase.


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