I am stumped as to how the DCSD Human Resources Department and Administration came up with this Salary Band (Market Pay) scheme, and why the Board of Education signed off on it as a good idea.
Let’s take a look — A First Grade Teacher will make more than a Second Grade Teacher. Why?
And a Sixth Grade Teacher in a K-6 School will make more than a Sixth Grade Teacher in a 6-8 School. Again, Why?
Why is an Art Teacher at the lowest “band”? My mom was an accomplished artist…does DCSD think her “value” in society doesn’t hold as much merit as an engineer?
And why would a Middle School Social Studies Teacher be at the lowest band? That’s the teacher explaining the importance of the US Constitution. (And those great teachers might even explore the Colorado Constitution. You know, the document the Board ignored when they introduced the illegal voucher program.)
Yes, I’ve heard the Board and Brian Cesare (HR guy from the District) explain that it is a “supply and demand” issue. So, what happens if there is a shortage of High School Librarians next year? Do they then move up to the highest band? And then does the High School Chinese Teacher move down when he or she doesn’t have anyone signed up for the class? Sounds a bit chaotic and hard to manage, if you ask me.
As a parent (or “customer”), I want the BEST Art Teacher, the BEST Science Teacher, and the BEST First Grade Teacher working right next door to the BEST Second Grade Teacher.
These “salary bands” are illogical, and they are insulting to me as a parent…I can’t even imagine how insulting it might be to the teachers out there.