This morning, Superintendent Cordova released a bargaining update for yesterday’s session. Unfortunately, even though she claims to be different than her predecessor, she tried one of his most common tactics: pushing a misleading message. With our expiration date so close, this move is both irresponsible and disrespectful. Let’s break down the facts.
This is not entirely true. While both sides have proposed a salary schedule, our visions are not at all aligned. We believe that the salary schedule should look like and work the same way nearly every other district in Colorado does: Reward educators with lane movement for furthering education. The District has proposed moving lanes for only advanced degrees or a handful of other convoluted “options”. We are far apart on this issue.
This entire paragraph is extremely misleading. The easiest way to address this is to go through the breakdown. Regarding the $45 million (a number with which we do not agree, but for the sake of this article, we will use), $30 million of it is already in your paycheck in the form of the last 2 COLA increases. That is not new money. The other $15 million is what was agreed upon in the Master Agreement for next year’s COLA increase. This is also not new money. As you all know, COLA increases are exactly that. Cost of Living Increases. That money keeps teachers and SSPs even with the rise in cost of living in Denver. This is not a raise.