Update: Dec. 1 at 1:15 p.m.
Last night’s session included Adult Education proposals and an initial salary proposal for birth - 22 teachers. MFT recommends moving away from the term “Adult Basic Education” due to the negative connotation of the word “basic” and proposes we use adult education instead.
- The proposal presentation starts with an overview about Adult Education which highlights the professional credentials of our Adult Education educators, a description of the students served which includes more than 2,500 students representing 76 countries and 48 languages. Our Adult Education programming is facilitated through our Community Education department.
- Proposal 1 focuses on instructional delivery. The proposal shared several perceived challenges with the “hyflex instruction” model where teachers provide instruction to students learning in-person and online at the same time, as well as strategies believed to help mitigate those challenges.
- Proposal 2 focuses on expanding stipends for educators in the adult education program.
- Proposal 3 includes increases in hourly rate, increased preparation time and capping the number of instructional hours for hourly staff.
- Proposal 4 focuses on aligning the adult education pay schedule with the birth-22 teachers experience.
Highlights of the salary proposal include the following:
- an 8.5% general increase to the salary schedule for year 1
- a 7.5% increase to the salary schedule for year 2
- Reducing the teacher duty year from 196 paid duty days to 186 days, while maintaining current annual salary (with new teachers having 188 paid duty days for new teacher orientation)
- Hourly rate increases for both the staff development rate and stipends, leadership rate, hourly flat rate and “additional hourly rate.”
- An increase in the district’s contribution toward family health plan coverage from $5,650 to $8,000
- Access slide decks and handouts
After both presentations, MPS was able to ask follow-up clarifying questions. The session ended with a discussion about the agenda for the next session on Dec. 14. The agenda tentatively includes the following:
- an MPS proposal for operationalizing a shortened duty year,
- an MPS response to the majority of the workload proposals,
- additional workload proposals from MFT,
- an MFT proposal related to anti-bias/anti-racist work,
- an MFT proposal related to class size/case loads.
There may be another bargaining session on Dec. 18. This will be confirmed next week.