What they want: Portland teachers vs. School District

, Posted: Tue, February 18 2014 at 12:01 AM, Updated: Tue, February 18 2014 at 12:12 AM

What they want: Portland teachers vs. School District

Portland, Ore. -- (OPB) Oregon Public Broadcasting asked leaders at Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teachers to elaborate on key sticking points in their ongoing contract negotiations.

Editor's note: This chart is based on the latest information released to the media and public.

Portland Public Schools Portland Association of Teachers
School year: Add two days to the school year (three days at high schools). School year: Keep the school year the same length at most schools; add three days to the year at focus and priority schools. Adding teachers and reducing class size takes priority over extending the academic year.
Health insurance: Continue the health insurance split, with the district paying 93 percent of costs and employees paying 7 percent. Health insurance: Continue the health insurance split, with the district paying 93 percent percent of costs and employees paying 7 percent. Change insurance carrier to save money.
Workload: Establish a joint workload committee. Increase planning time for elementary teachers. In a side agreement, the district proposes spending $7.8 million to hire 88 full-time equivalent teachers and returning to 2010-11 workload levels by the 2016-17 school year. Workload: Establish a joint workload committee. Increase planning time for elementary teachers. Reduce workload by 5 percent to 10 percent, with a focus on reducing class sizes. Hire 175 to 200 full-time equivalent teachers to accomplish workload goals.
Early retirement: Phase out early retirement incentives over the next five years. Until then, guarantee teachers with at least 15 years experience a $425 per month payment for five years if they take early retirement. Early retirement: Maintain the status quo. The union says that encouraging more senior employees to retire sooner saves the district money, because retirees tend to be replaced by lower-paid staff.
Hiring: Limit teacher hiring to one round of internal hiring. Hiring: Accepts one round of hiring as a concession to the district.
Pay increases: Offer a 2 percent per year cost of living adjustment for each of the next three years. Also pay 1.05 percent more per year as compensation for extra instructional days. Pay increases: Cost of living increases: 2.6 percent in year one; 2.55 percent in year two; 2.5 percent in year three.
Length of contract: Three-year agreement. Length of contract: Three-year agreement for most items, with six-year agreement on some topics.
View Portland Public Schools mediation package document (PDF) Visit the Portland Association of Teachers website.

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