What a creepy coincidence!
6:00 a.m. Friday, August 30, 2013 – David A. Jones, Jr. is the first Meatball of the Week for making a property tax increase possible after the board of education had killed and buried it.
5:00 p.m. Friday, August 30, 2013 – David A. Jones, Jr. appeared on WDRB’s Point of View to justify making a property tax increase possible after the board of education had killed and buried it.
Jones is Meatball of the Week AGAIN because he had the gall to say this to justify sticking it to local property owners:
This summer, for the first time in eight years, JCPS and the JCTA negotiated and signed a new contract. Although both sides bargained hard (stimulated by pressure from the state’s Commissioner of Education), they shared the goal of modernizing how teachers work within JCPS and everyone walked away with an agreement they can be proud of. The new contract removed archaic work rules, created flexibility for longer school days for kids who need more learning time, and generally took away from JCPS leadership the excuse of “bad labor contract” as a justification for poor school performance.
This new contract increased pay by less than 1.5%, below the 1.7% cost of living adjustment for Social Security in 2013 and far below the 4% average JCPS had dispensed in recent years.
- Jones likes to talk about how great the new teachers’ union contract is but HE DIDN’T EVEN BOTHER TO SHOW UP AT THE BOARD MEETING TO VOTE ON IT. No-Show Jones!
- The “flexibility for longer school days for kids who need more learning time” means teachers will be paid overtime for working with struggling students after school. 1.5 times a $60,000 salary is roughly 1.5 times $30 an hour or about $45 per hour. $45 an hour for afterschool tutoring sounds like highway robbery to me and nothing to brag about. Every1Reads tutors are free. If they’re doing the great job with JCPS’s struggling students that the local media says they are, bring in those people instead. Did I mention they’re free?
- The “bad labor contract” has been changed so that principals who need to fill a position will receive a list with eight potential hires instead of three. BIG DEAL. Principals will still receive a LIST which means teachers still PICK where they want to work and the union still staffs the schools, not JCPS. Here’s what the 2013-14 JCTA contract says about teacher transfers:
Employees requesting transfer will be ranked on a list according their [sic] seniority in the Jefferson County Public schools. Employees must re-submit requests each year by April 18th in order to remain on the transfer list.
See? NOTHING CHANGED, the transfer list just got longer. Great job looking out for our kids, board members!
Let’s talk about those salary increases.
And here are the step increases at the highest end of the salary schedule:
The triggers for a salary step increase are 1) years of service and 2) picking up a McMaster’s degree in education. Some of the local programs for a master’s degree in education require just 36 credit hours which is far less than the 60 hours usually required for a master’s. Want a salary increase? Do you have a pulse? Ta-da! Show up to work and you get a step increase! Can you sit through a McMaster’s degree program? Congratulations, you get another raise. Step Increases: The Big Teachers Raises That Don’t Make the News is a hair-raising read. Just take a look.
Did our board of education do anything about step increases? I don’t think so.
The new salary schedule sure does look like the old one:
Here’s the high end of the 2013-14 salary chart which is IDENTICAL TO THE OLD ONE!
That’s what happens when you put a meatball on the board of education, friends. NOTHING REALLY CHANGES.