The Orange County Classroom Teachers Association (CTA) and the Orange County School District reached an agreement on salaries, and insurance. After several bargaining sessions and some serious negotiations, tentative agreements were signed on June 27, 2017, pending ratification in July. Some of the terms of the agreement include:
- Average 2.2 percent increase ($17.4M with benefits to payroll for overall base salary).
- $1,125 base salary increase for all teachers receiving a Highly Effective rating which includes the $420 cost-of-living increase.
- $840 base salary increase for all teachers receiving an Effective rating which includes the $420 cost-of-living increase.
- The performance increase will be paid after the Summative Evaluation scores are distributed in the fall of 2017.
- An additional $500 lump sum bonus payment for each teacher to offset unavoidable increases to the insurance plans will be paid after ratification.
- Changes to benefits were kept at a minimum.
- No changes in employee-only premiums on any of the three plans.
- No changes in family premiums in Plan A.
- Premium increases in family premiums in Plans B and C were negotiated as low as possible.
- Changes are for the 2017-18 evaluation period.
- Conjunctive scoring is eliminated – observation scores will be averaged and rounded.
- Marzano has unveiled the Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model which features 23 elements rather than 60 – while some districts are adopting the new Marzano model outright, we bargained to have a “bridge year.” This will allow us to take the time to consider what changes should be made to ensure that the evaluation system is fair and consistent.
- Further discussion will take place this summer concerning protocols and scales.
- All teachers will be provided training during preplanning.
- The joint CTA and District Evaluation Committee will create a training video for teachers.
Note: The Orange County Public School Media Relations Department contributed to this report.