Archive for Thursday, December 16, 2010

Lawrence school teachers ratify changes in work agreement

December 16, 2010, 3:51 p.m. Updated December 16, 2010, 5:33 p.m.


A new seven-period day remains on schedule for the coming academic year at Lawrence and Free State high schools.

The new schedule is accounted for in a renegotiated work agreement between the Lawrence school district and the Lawrence Education Association.

The LEA ratified the agreement this week, with more than 700 teachers and licensed personnel — a full 79 percent of the more than 900 eligible voters — cast ballots in support.

“We are very pleased with the turnout of the vote, and very pleased with the strength of which it was ratified,” lead negotiator Lois Orth-Lopes said. “It was not a close vote, so we feel very good about that.”

Members of the Lawrence school board had approved the agreement Monday night.

The document calls for a number of changes, all related to an ongoing reconfiguration of schools on track to take effect for the 2011-12 school year. Among the changes included in the work agreement:

• Elementary teachers will receive a 10 percent increase in planning time.

• High school teachers will get another 11 minutes of planning time per week.

• Nearly half of all teachers — 464 who have not reached the top of their pay scales — will see pay increases for the remainder of the year ranging from $250 to $700.


Kirk Larson 7 years, 1 month ago

In a perfect world, cops, EMT's, nurses, firemen, and teachers would all make more money than professional athletes.

FreshAirFanatic 7 years, 1 month ago

and they would all commute to work on flying pink unicorns...

Shardwurm 7 years, 1 month ago


But you see, 95 percent of the teachers out there wouldn't risk their guaranteed income for a chance to make more because they realize that if their income was tied to performance and the satisfaction of their customers they would be unemployed.

It's risk vs. reward. Teaching is low risk therefore it is rewarded as such. I wish they would shut up and be thankful they're not held accountable for their product like people in the private sector.

jafs 7 years, 1 month ago

You mean people like the CEO's of auto companies, or executives at AIG, Bank of America, etc?

Shardwurm 7 years, 1 month ago

Ah...the jealousy comes forth. do what it takes to be a CEO of a major company like that and you have earned it.

I don't care what they make. It's a corporation and they compensate their people according to their own policies. And those CEOs are also 'at-will' employees who can be canned tomorrow.

Not so the teacher.

Shardwurm 7 years, 1 month ago

Actually in a perfect world we wouldn't need any of them.

pz5g1 7 years, 1 month ago

The players seem to do quite well even with their unions.

KSManimal 7 years, 1 month ago

To clarify: the $250 - $700 raises that HALF the teachers for the rest of the year, not per paycheck. Per paycheck amount?....divide by six. The other half (the ones here more than 13 years) get nothing.

bballwizard 7 years, 1 month ago

Ah which way to he go? Ah which way to do he go? wow, Shardwurm you should have listened to your teacher and studied harder. Most professional athletes belong to unions

Ralph Reed 7 years, 1 month ago

@Moocher: You obviously know few teachers or educators.

Simply from your first comment I gather you assume teachers do nothing all day. It's a shame you have such a myopic and narrow-minded view of teachers.

Who's next on your list: Doctors, Small Business Owners, Firemen, Police??

RightinLawrence 7 years, 1 month ago

It's not that people don't think teachers do's just that we ALL do things, work hard, work long hours, deal with difficult situations, work even on snow days, don't get summers off or two weeks at Christmas, work nights and weekends, have years where our companies freeze spending on raises, etc...the difference is we just keep working, don't complain, and don't think we are owed more and more every year.

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