Top Ten Busted Rumors

September 10, 2012

Dear DCSD Employee:

Tonight, we had a meeting of the superintendent’s teacher advisory group.  Long story short…we discussed many of the rumors, myths, and stories flying around in our district, and as a group, we wanted to put some of these to rest, so we drafted a quick email to you together.  Below, is our Top Ten Busted Rumors list for today.  I hope you find them helpful.

As a group, we are not stopping here…we are putting plans in place to make sure you have the right information as quickly as possible.  Teachers, if your building is not represented, please think about joining us!  Even if it is, you are still more than welcome to join the group.  Please note that this is a voluntary group of teachers who meet with me about every month (sometimes more, sometimes less) for 90+ minutes. (We almost always go over…) 🙂  AND BTW —  I hope to add leader and support staff superintendent advisory groups very soon.  Stay tuned for that.

Here is our Top Ten must-read list of Busted Rumors.  🙂  So…the following statements are true.

  1. Don’t miss open enrollment — sign up for your new short term disability insurance benefit – the district is paying for it, and you can increase it for a very small amount each month.  This is important!! 
  2. No salaries are going to be reduced for current employees (disclaimer…unless you drop in FTE or change assignments or something like that)
  3. Salary bands are for new hires only and they are entry-level amounts – they are not maximums; they are not caps
  4. The Board has 3 goals – same three goals they’ve had since 2009a. Universal Choice – every child finds the best place for him/her (choice can be multiple pathways in one building or a different building)

    b. Pay for Performance – pay the best teachers more money

    c. System Performance – find a way to measure the most important things we do for students the right way – don’t depend on one standardized test once per year to tell us

  5. CITE and World Class Education targets are designed to increase salaries by identifying high performers; again, there is no interest in cutting pay
  6. Highly effective AND Effective teachers (according to CITE + BAS)  are eligible for a raise — money permitting of course
  7. Highly effective teachers are eligible for a bonus through World Class Education targets
  8. Accrued sick leave and sick leave is not being taken away
  9. There is no quota related to CITE and/or World Class Education targets – BUT please know, the standards are very RIGOROUS
  10. We need a teacher rep from every school to participate on the superintendent’s teacher advisory – your current feeder reps are recruiting! 🙂

Hope you are having a great week!