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January 30, 2013

Crunchy numbers

All right, so my post about the contract impasse and the disputed amount of money that appears to be the cause of the impasse: the 2.5% got me thinking about what 2.5% would actually cost the school district.  So given that there are some numbers in the AUSD summary, here’s what I could sort out.

But let me back up and give some context.   The Teacher’s Union (AEA) requested a 4.5% raise to be split over two years, 2% for year one and 2.5% for year two.   AUSD proposed a 2% raise for the first year and that raise is not a lump sum but would be kept over the next year, plus this whole Professional Learning Communities stipend.

Alright, so here will be my tortured math explanation, I’m going to ignore the starting salary bump for new teachers and the stuff about the Speech-Language stipend because it’s just confusing and doesn’t relate to existing teachers.

The district has stated that to implement the raises it will cost $1.2 million for the two years, but when they break it down by year they have it as $796,000 per year which doesn’t add up to $1.2 million, so I’m going to use the larger amount of $796,000 just to be conservative.


AUSD proposal
2% raise, PLC stipend

AEA proposal
4.5% raise over two years
Year One Raise
$796,000

$796,000
Year One PLC Stipend
$500,000

n/a
Year Two Raise
$796,000

$1,791,000
Year Two PLC Stipend
$500,000

n/a
Total
$2,592,000

$2,587,000

And here’s what it is if I use the rounded $1.2 million number for the two years:


AUSD proposal
2% raise, PLC stipend

AEA proposal
4.5% raise over two years
Year One Raise
$600,000

$600,000
Year One PLC Stipend
$500,000

n/a
Year Two Raise
$600,000

$1,350,000
Year Two PLC Stipend
$500,000

n/a
Total
$2,200,000

$1,950,000

So as you can see the AEA proposal actually is slightly cheaper for the school district to implement in the two years because of the existence of the PLC stipend. However if you calculate in the next year, year three, that’s when it starts evening out.   In fact, in year three, the costs are nearly identical.   I’m going to use the $1.2 million because it’s rounder and is less confusing, although less conservative. In subsequent years the $250,000 gap between the 4.5% raise and the district’s 2% + PLC starts showing.


AUSD proposal
2% raise, PLC stipend

AEA proposal
4.5% raise over two years
Year One Raise
$600,000

$600,000
Year One PLC Stipend
$500,000

n/a
Year Two Raise
$600,000

$1,350,000
Year Two PLC Stipend
$500,000

n/a
Year Three Raise
$600,000

$1,350,000
Year Three PLC Stipend
$500,000

n/a
Year Four Raise
$600,000

$1,350,000
Year Four PLC Stipend
$500,000

n/a
Total
$4,400,000

$4,650,000

Of course, the PLCs are a pilot and it’s unclear if the stipends will be available after the two year pilot.   My table above assumes that the PLC stipends will be permanent, but if not, you can just lop $1 million off the AUSD total and then the AEA proposal is definitely more expensive entering years three and four.

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11 Comments

  1. Stipends are great:

    Comment by Jack Richard — January 30, 2013 @ 9:34 am

  2. I’m not sure I understand your point. The PLC stipend, which I am agnostic about, only is received if the teachers participates in the Learning Community with other teachers. The raise is an across the board, no strings attached raise. I’m not quite sure what stipends have to do with the video you posted. Unless you are commenting in a very round about way about the importance of labor groups, which seems the antithesis of your political philosophy.

    Comment by Lauren Do — January 30, 2013 @ 9:50 am

  3. Seeing some Real sacrifices here in Wages and Benefits

    FY05/06 Negotiated Salary Increase (4.7%)
    FY07/08 Negotiated Salary Increase (2.0%)
    FY08/09 Negotiated Salary Increase (4.0%)

    I guess these Raises were never honored ?

    FY09/10 Total Salaries and Benefits
    66,452,044

    Total salaries and benefits
    2012-2013 Budget

    68,000,622

    Jack……..The Rythym got broken…..But Salaries and Benefits bottom line just keeps going up…

    Comment by John — January 30, 2013 @ 9:56 am

  4. Doooooooo……..I think Jack has a Sense of Humor…….It’s not in your Political Handbook..

    Comment by John — January 30, 2013 @ 9:59 am

  5. Some can find humor in Kids getting a Penny out of Every Dollar of the New Parcel Tax…..We can put on goat and pony show at School Board Meetings and justify how great were doing……Bottom line is Kids and familys still
    get short end ..No matter how many second graders sing…I would go with magician at next meeting..

    Comment by John — January 30, 2013 @ 10:27 am

  6. So what do you suggest John? Close all public schools? Stop funding public education?

    Comment by Not John — January 30, 2013 @ 11:00 am

  7. 2 Well heck, if the Buckeye Teacher’s Credit Union can provide a stipend for the Buckeye teachers, why can’t the Alameda Credit Union (the teachers are all members) provide a stipend for AUSD? Better yet, negotiate with the businesses that are suing over Prop H for a stipend instead of property tax. Now that’s thinking outside the box

    Comment by Jack Richard — January 30, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

  8. This ‘stipend’ business is great. Teachers can mingle with each other and find out how to teach and get paid ‘no strings attached’ for it. Better idea would be to provide a ‘no strings attached’ stipend to students who increase their grade point averages over a year.

    Comment by Jack Richard — January 30, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

  9. Jack, Stipend business is kids stuff compared with the Parcel Tax Collaboration Society. The Teachers and Administrators put the FIB back in Fibonacci….

    I NEW word : collaborate ……..Used not less than a thousand times at last nights AUSD meeting…..Apparently Teachers never worked together before…..In the Words of the Church Lady…….Imagine that.

    collaborate

    Definition: work together

    Synonyms: be in cahoots, coact, cofunction, collude, come together, concert, concur, conspire, cooperate, coproduce, do business with, get together, glue oneself to, go partners, hook on, hook up, interface, join forces, join together, join up with, participate, team up, throw in together, throw in with, tie in, work with

    Comment by John — January 30, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

  10. # 6

    57% of the Students in California Schools live in Poverty and qualify for free or reduced meals. The Teachers Total Compensation on Average in AUSD is 550 a day or 2200 a week………Money flow is not going to the kids…..The parents and kids get short end …….Were worried about the Teachers…Really.

    New Parcel tax has 3% going to Books and Class Supplies for the kids…..I was way off…….I was thinking the kids might get a nickel of every dollar.

    90% going to Salaries & Benefits.

    It’s all for the benefit of the Kids……. What we were Sold……

    The Residents contribute to Teachers 2-3 times the retirement benefits of average person in a funded retirement program and 4-5 times those in PERS. That’s from a pool of 10,000 companies.

    Maybe we can take the Free Lunches away from the kids and give it to the teachers.

    Multi-Year Projections and Assumptions

    Supplies

    Classroom Supplies, Textbooks, Janitorial Supplies, Office
    Supplies, Technology Equipment

    After throwing in Janitor supplies, Office Supplies and Technology Equipment my Guess is the Kids are 1 Per-centers looking at how district likes to take care of themselves……Those Pesky Kids can have their parents buy.

    Assumptions always get you up the creek.

    http://ausd.alameda.k12.ca.us/images/stories/pdfs/FY_2012-13_Budget.pdf

    I don’t consider teachers pay and benefits a scandal…….In Fact I would like to pay them a lot more than they are making now…But Here are the things that bother me #6.

    The Schools are suppose to be setup up for the Students….Not for the Administrators or the Teachers….The first thing you do is give the Students all the things they need to be successful .

    But Lets first take care of all the students needs…….Be It computer handheld Notebooks,Learning Software. Classroom Supplies, Sports Equipment and Fields , Swimming Pools ,Science Labs , Music and Art Supplies , Drama Dance, Ect Ect…….

    You add up that and then you have a Total….Then you Start with your Budget…If this Total is 20 Million for all the Students needs you then have 48 Million to run your District.

    The Alameda Unified School District use to actually run this way…….Teachers and Administrators Salary’s and Benefits Ran about 40-45%…..Not 90%….All the CUTS to Schools have come from the Students Piece of the Pie.

    The Students and Parents are put in a financial squeeze if their child wants to doing anything extra curricular because funding has been cut in these areas.

    We are in California and 57% of Students are eligible for Free Meals and 43% of them come from Households of 4 or more with under 29,000 in Total Household Income. It’s not a small Percentage……its Huge…In Oakland it’s 70% and San Francisco it’s 61%.

    I say Take care of the Students First and maybe the Teachers can Average 450 a day and maybe only get 1.5 Times as much contributed towards their retirement as the average person working in the private sector and maybe administrator’s can go from getting 4-5 times as much and maybe just double.

    Everyone has sacrificed in this economy and would be breath of fresh air not hearing the Teachers squawk about their pay every frkn day.

    Teachers are NOT Forced to Work Here……Very few could find work in the Private Sector that match their present Total compensation and if they leave a new fresh mindset will appear with thousands wanting to teach.

    After watching the School Board Meeting during the negotiating process I felt Totally embarrassed for them on how they acted
    and the quality of Teachers that stood up and ranted…….Looked Like Jerry Springer Show.

    #6 that is my Take……The System is Upside Down and The Administrators and Teachers are #1 and #2
    and the Students and Parents finishing Third way out of the MONEY.

    Comment by John — January 30, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

  11. This one is for the Teachers who pride themselves in Teaching Critical Thinking in the Classroom and Promoting Collaboration between the Students.

    Propose this thought provoking idea to your students and their parents.

    You have just been awarded by the residents of Alameda $12,000,000 Dollars to help you.

    You can use it anyway you like to make you a better student and have a better experience in school.

    See how many come up with we only want 1% give the Rest to the Teachers and Administrators.

    Comment by John — January 30, 2013 @ 10:08 pm


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