Sunday, August 16, 2009

News-Leader article shows effect of Career Ladder cut

An article in today's Springfield News-Leader offers reaction of Springfield area school officials to the news from Sen. Gary Nodler that Career Ladder money is likely to be cut for the 2009-2010 school year:

So, teachers who decide to participate in the 2009-2010 school years will have to commit without knowing if they'll get paid by the state.

"Most teachers probably will end up doing the same things," said Henry Anton, an ROTC teacher and president of the Nixa Teachers Association. "But it's going to be painful for a lot of them -- it's basically a pay cut."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately I think you are wrong. I teach in a district outside of Springfield, what I hear from fellow teachers is that they are not willing to make further committments outside of their contracted time without compensation. They already spend endless hours preparing classrooms before school on their own time and countless hours outside of class preparing lessons, grading papers, reviewing test data,.... all for some of the lowest salaries of our profession in the nation. Why should they spend more hours outside of their contract time for no compensation? Teachers have had enough. I don't think they will continue to take time away from their own families just because "it is the right thing to do." District administrators, legislators, and the public are in for a rude awakening if they think teachers will continue to work 60 hours a week or more without career ladder benefits.