Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Glenn Beck Award*

To NJEA President Barbara Keshishian , who said in an NJEA press release yesterday,
When Commissioner Schundler claims that school district salaries are rising three times faster than the rate of inflation, that’s an outright falsehood. Over the past five years, the average rate of inflation was 2.76 percent. Over the past five years, the average teacher salary increased by 2.86 percent. Commissioner Schundler is misleading the public on this issue.
Hmm. That would mean that NJEA members have negotiated contracts that yield .57% per year over the last five years. Actually, annual increases over the last 5 years have averaged anywhere from 4.3% - 5%, not including increases in health benefits. Marlboro Township is a good example: the School Board there fought as hard as they could, proceeding through the entire ladder of negotiations at considerable cost to taxpayers -- Mediation, Fact-Finding, Superconciliation -- and teachers ended up with a 23% salary increase over 5 years, or 4.6% per year. If we're using the average rate of inflation, as Ms. Keshishian does, the final settlement in Marlboro is almost 10 times the rate of inflation.

*New award from NJ Left Behind in honor of Mr. Glenn Beck of Fox News whom Jon Stewart describes as "a guy who says what people who aren't thinking are thinking."

3 comments:

An Educational Enthusiast said...

July 5, 1907. 'There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.'
-Mark Twain

Percentages vary from step to step...the percentage quoted generally refers to the amount of increase for the entire salary guide, not what Joe Teacher will earn compared to last year...

NJ Left Behind said...

That still doesn't explain how salaries would have only risen .5% a year, even if one calculated the average exclusive of increment.

An Educational Enthusiast said...

I don't have the guides in front of me...but this is how the info could be manipulated:

1998 Salary Step 3
40,000

1999 Salary Step 3
40,500

So you see a 500 dollar increase for Step 3...

But what has really happened is that the person moved from Step 3 to Step 4 which also received an increment...so their increase is actually more, but the guide for Step 3 is minimal.

I made a financial error by leaving a district that only had 11 steps to one that has 22...so my salary now is about 15k less than it would have been...

I'm just under 48k on my 10th year...