JCPS board unanimously passes 5-year contract with teachers' union
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jefferson County Public School board unanimously passed a new five-year contract with the Jefferson County Teachers Association on Tuesday night.
The deal, which goes into effect immediately, will provide financial incentives for teachers in struggling JCPS schools, according to a summary released by JCTA. The agreement calls for a 1 percent raise for all teachers over the first two years and additional salary negotiations in the final three.
The agreement redefines priority schools as enhanced support schools, which will include priority school and those on the brink of attaining that status. Those teaching in enhanced support schools, which number 1,700 according to JCTA, will receive $1,600 annual stipends that increase by $400 every five years a teacher works in the lowest-performing JCPS schools.
Educators who chose to transfer to an enhanced support school will receive a one-time $1,000 stipend, and teachers in low-performing schools will receive an extra five paid days of professional development beginning in the 2019-20 school year. Teachers who aren’t good fits at such schools can also be reassigned by JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio to another school.
JCPS and JCTA also pledged to explore reducing class sizes in enhanced support schools, and the deal allows principals at those schools to actively recruit teachers seeking transfers, who may identify up to five low-performing schools for transfers. That’s in addition to the five schools that teachers hoping to transfer can list.
“It really devotes significant district resources toward helping our schools where students are struggling the most while at the same providing for modest raises for all of our teachers,” JCTA President Brent McKim said last month.
McKim said JCTA had pushed for similar provisions to benefit those in priority schools for the past decade, but those were dismissed as too expensive. Some critics of the current collective bargaining agreement have said JCPS should provide incentives to attract teachers to priority schools, but McKim said such talk played a minor role in contract negotiations.
“I think it’s less about responding and more about a shared sense of commitment to do everything we can,” he said.JCTA didn't want to go into specifics on negotiations but said something the organization wouldn't budge on was increasing class sizes.
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