cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
While we are discussing the area of compensation, I want to take a 'hypothetical' person whom we'll name Jane Doe, and look at her compensation package.
Jane is in her 10th year with the school district. She has a Master's degree with less than 15 hours of added credit. This places her in lane 4 and step 10 of the 'matrix' we discussed yesterday. Assuming that Jane had her Master's degree in the 2006-2007 school year, her base salary would've been $47,937. In the 2007-2008 school year, her base salary was $49,703, an increase of some 3.7% even though there was no new contract settled and, thus, no new pay schedule in place.
In the school year we are in today, 2008-2009, Jane would be earning a base salary of $51,469 for an increase year over year of 3.55%. A QEO offer would've more than doubled those increase percentages for Jane.
Total compensation for Jane this past school year was $85,406 inclusive of benefits in addition to base salary.
My point in this exercise is to give citizens some real life numbers to which they can relate versus the percentages that get thrown about without any actual meaning to most of us.
I do not begrudge the income that our educators earn. It is very important that our children are well-educated and good teachers are a large part of that equation.
Next, we'll look at the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) and the WEA Insurance Group.