District proposes pay bumps, higher per-student funding
Douglas County School Board President John Carson
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I see a lot of problems with this plan. The government-run school system is nothing more than a brain-washing system. To fix it, make it pay for use as you go. If you don't use it, you don't pay for it. Simple! Make the parents who send their children to these schools pay the full cost of the education which is somewhere around $8,000 per student per year. Then and only then will you find out who really wants this system. If you expect someone else to pay for your child's education then you are not taking responsibility for them, you have already forfeited them to the state! Wake up sheeple!
This is election year posturing by the board of education. They know there is a serious morale problem in DCSD. The evaluation system created by DCSD to implement their pay for performance system is wildly unpopular with teachers and is causing good teachers to look elsewhere for work. At my school, interview teams have had to expand their search beyond the state to find qualified candidates for open teaching positions because experienced teachers, for the most part, are avoiding DCSD. You are watching the decline of a once great school district because of these ridiculous policies.
Well, just offhand I can see one major problem with this plan. Principals were highly encouraged to rate the vast majority of their staff as "Partially Effective" on this new Dougco only rubric. (So ground breaking and reformist, that some teachers didn't even have the rubric finished for their job description by the end of the year. No matter, rate them on another rubric!) At my school, the majority were rated exactly that way, including numerous excellent teachers, ranging from brand new to decades of experience. Across the district, different principals treated the evaluations in vastly different ways. Some gave deserving employees Effective & Highly Effective ratings, others followed orders and did not. So now some of us will receive lower "raises." They even did their own study, showing that there wasn't inter-rater reliability, but that didn't put a halt to rolling this out prematurely. Insurance premiums are going up for those of us with family coverage, and we most likely will not be getting any help with this, even a "cost of living" increase. I love what I do. As a veteran teacher, I currently have a comparatively decent salary. However, it isn't "market based" when compared to surrounding school districts. The BOE members are tooting their own horns again...don't buy the rhetoric!!!!
Corey McNellis was a two-time Colorado wrestling champion at Ponderosa. His older brother Chris was the Mustangs' first-ever state champ.
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