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No Dough for Teachers in Funding Formula

It turns out teachers aren't quite so special after all. Mayoral budget guru William Singer said last week that while most city employees would not be getting raises under the proposed 2010 budget, teachers were "a special case."

"There is money in the proposed budget for a performance-based teacher contract," he said in a March 25 e-mail. It was included, he said, in the money allocated under the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula (UPSFF). Singer wouldn't say how much, because contract negotiations between the teachers union and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, who supports merit pay, were on going.

"However, we believe District and other funds will be sufficient to support a compensation structure that is consistent with the Chancellor's statements."

Not so, says Rhee spokeswoman Dena Iverson. "Will's comments were referring to the many costs of the initiatives affiliated with implementing a new contract," she said, adding that "the payroll increases and the performance pay system we have proposed are dependent on funding from foundations."

What those "initiatives affiliated with implementing a new contract" might be, Iverson couldn't say. Singer did not respond to calls or e-mails.

By Bill Turque  |  April 3, 2009; 6:18 PM ET
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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So much for Rhee's claim that she secured millions of dollars to fund her DCPS new teachers two months ago.

Guess what, she was really lying at that time too.

She really is two faced and completely untrustworthy.

Maybe News Week will publish this??? (Don't hold your breath)
"School-choice opponents might have won the battle over vouchers in the District, but they are losing the larger war. They have inadvertently revealed what's truly at stake; not funding issues or public school ideology, but our promise to all children of a fair shot at success in life."

"Choice opponents are on the wrong side of right and the wrong side of history." - Adam B. Schaeffer education policy analyst at the Cato Institute.

Posted by: eglobegus | April 5, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

I think you might need to read that again eglobegus. The city's budget does not include money from foundations for teacher raises. That money won't be secured and put into a city budget (if it does actually go into the city budget) until the pay for performance contract is in place. This does not mean that Rhee doesn't have a committment from foundations for the money in the even this should happen. All the city budget can project right now is how to spend money that it has. This city budget at this time probably doesnt include teacher raises because it might not have money for it (the whole recession thing). It might not have money for raises until a pay for performance contract is in place and donations then write the city a check. I dont know the mechanics of how the money gets from the foundations to the teachers, I made some assumptions.

All this article says is that there won't be money in the budget for pay for performance raises until a contract is agreed upon. The foundations will only give this money when a contract is ratified, not before.

Posted by: makplan20002 | April 6, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

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