Archive for Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Teachers, school board reach tentative agreement

Average teacher raise to be 8.1 percent in next paycheck

October 12, 2005


Lawrence teachers will receive an 8.1 percent pay raise, on average, under a tentative agreement reached this afternoon between Lawrence's school board and the local teachers' union.

"This makes up for several years of really bad - or no pay raises," said Dan Karasek, a negotiator for the Lawrence Education Assn.

But even with this package, local teachers are still behind neighboring school districts, Karasek said.

The raise will cost the district $2.6 million.

The increase will be different for each individual teacher, depending on how long that teacher has worked in the school district and how much education that teacher has received above a bachelor's degree.

The agreement must still be ratified by a majority of teachers and approved by the school board, but that's likely to happen in the coming weeks.

Teachers should see the increase on their paycheck next month.

This afternoon's meeting drew a standing-room only crowd in the board's meeting room.

Those attending included dozens of teachers, all the school board members and several district administrators, including Supt. Randy Weseman.

For more on this story, see the 6News reports at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunflower Broadband's channel 6 and pick up a copy of Thursday's Journal-World.


princess 12 years, 7 months ago

Without teachers, you never would have received the education that landed you your job.

Baille 12 years, 7 months ago

Well, Off, that would depend on the market for your services and the uniqueness of your particular skill set.

And, Princess, I think you presume too much.

usaschools 12 years, 7 months ago

Princess is not presuming too much. NO ONE in this nation has not benefitted from teachers. Even if you were home schooled, your parents probably were not, nor were their parents. Even if they all were, they benefitted from books written by those who WERE taught by teachers. They lived in a literate society made so by teachers. Teachers are very valuable and it is foolish to diminish their worth.

Pay for Lawrence teachers lags behind both comparable and neighboring districts. Pay for teachers in the entire state of Kansas lags behind pay for teachers nationwide.

If your children attend Lawrence Public Schools, they are receiving an excellent education.  It is too bad that every crackpot and psuedo-neocon who frequents these boards will come here to spout misinformation, disinformation, talking points from those who didn't take advantage of their education, and other useless drivel.

Face it, YOUR life is better due to teachers. This applies to YOU. To ALL of you.

Baille 12 years, 7 months ago

Interesting, usaschools, but you should have started with princess' presumptions. She presumes Off has a job. She presumes Off received an education. She presumes that Off's presumed education is tied to Off's presumed job.

This would have naturally led you to my conclusion that princess doth presume too much. Just like you protest too much after a careless reading of my snarkiness.

Kodiac 12 years, 7 months ago

So tell me Baille how do you know the Princess and Mr. Right do not know each other. I guess that would qualify as a presumption or should it be an assumption. Or maybe I am just being snarky here. One would not want to presume as much. By the way, I am thankful for my teachers.

Baille 12 years, 7 months ago

I know them both personally. We are all old friends. We often drink to discuss the interchangeability of words like "presume" and "assume," according to the fine wordsmiths at Princeton. See

And I don't think you were being snarky. I took your statements to be queries, and now you know the relationship between "presumed" and "assumed." We are now all better off for having read Off's musings on his ability to demand an 8% pay raise.

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