Tagged: ithaca city school district, Ithaca Teachers Association, teachers contract, union Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzi Apart from pay increases, the contract also includes a new vision plan and increased dental coverage, as well as updated stipends for teachers who perform extra duties, Piasecki said. Stipends will increase for teachers who supervise extracurricular activities or who have certifications as school psychologists or licensed clinical social workers.According to the district, health insurance benefits will also be expanded and the number of tuition-free slots for the kids of teachers who commute from outside the district will increase.A few items on the ITA’s wishlist, including negotiating a maximum student-to-teacher ratio and hiring additional arts and music instructors, were not included in the final contract. Piasecki said he hopes to make progress on articles that were not included in the contract over the next six years.William Asklar, an English teacher at Ithaca High School, previously spoke out about how ICSD was losing teachers to better-paying districts. Thursday, he said the new contract is “baby steps in the right direction.”“Although the pay increases are better than we have seen in the past, in six years, when the contract is up, teacher salaries will still be among the lowest in the state. A step system for educator salaries would fix that,” Asklar said.Data compiled by the Rockefeller Institute of Government shows that ICSD’s median teacher pay of about $53,000 is a bit below the median in the Finger Lakes region, which has the lowest median pay in the state. Half of Finger Lakes region teachers make less than $56,000; in the state’s highest-paid region, Long Island, median pay is about $111,000.Referencing the ITA contract and a recently negotiated contract with the paraprofessionals’ bargaining unit, Superintendent Luvelle Brown said in a statement, “The collaborative conversations with the leadership of our two largest bargaining units have been fruitful and resulted in agreements that are consistent with our school district’s compensation strategy. The length and pay increases associated with these new contracts are noteworthy.”Robert Van Keuren, chief negotiator for ICSD, said flat-rate raises mean a larger percentage of payroll increases will go toward teachers at the bottom of the pay scale, encouraging newer teachers to join and stay in the district. “Both the ITA and district were in agreement that these flat rate increases will help the district retain current staff and remain competitive in the market for newer teachers,” Van Keuren said.Asklar said he is hopeful that ITA leadership will build on the gains of the contract during the next round of negotiations. “I am pleased with the efforts of our negotiations team, and hopeful that when this contract expires, we will continue to make progress to ensure that our teacher salaries and benefits are competitive with other school districts in the state, and that we can attract and retain the very best teaching candidates. The people of Ithaca deserve that.” ITHACA, N.Y. — The Ithaca Teachers Association membership voted Thursday to ratify a six-year contract with the Ithaca City School District, finalizing a tentative agreement that was reached between the parties earlier this month. The contract includes a significant overall increase in teacher payroll, which will be split between teachers via alternating flat-rate and percentage increases in an attempt to improve teacher recruitment and retention.Going into negotiations, union members argued low district pay created high turnover among teachers and made it difficult to attract top candidates. ITA president Adam Piasecki said Friday that while the new contract will not immediately bring salaries in line with higher paying districts like Lansing and Vestal, it is a step forward for Ithaca teachers.“It’s not going to completely close the gap in the next year or even the next six years, but we made sure the membership knew this was the best we could get at this time,” Piasecki said.Under the new six-year contract, teachers will receive flat-rate pay increases in years one, three and five and percentage increases in years two, four and six. The alternating increases are designed to increase base salaries for new teachers to facilitate recruitment, while ensuring experienced teachers see gains that encourage retention.In the 2019-20 school year, all current teachers’ salaries will go up by $2,595, according to Piasecki. Base pay for new teachers entering with no experience will also increase from about $42,500 to about $44,500.The following school year, salaries will increase by 4%, meaning experienced teachers will see larger bumps in pay than new teachers. The cycle will repeat through the end of the contract, with slight rate increases each year.In total, the amount of funds allocated to teacher pay will increase by 27%. In a press release from the Ithaca City School District announcing that a tentative agreement was reached with the ITA on June 6, district representatives said the payroll expansion was an aggressive move to keep Ithaca’s compensation package competitive.Outgoing Board of Education member Brad Grainger said, “The Board of Education recognizes the competitive market for top educators requires a competitive compensation package. …This contract will increase payroll 27% over six years. While aggressive, it is needed to assure continued recruitment of the best educators in New York. The budget will be stretched to meet these contracts, but Ithaca residents have indicated support for our teaching professionals.” Your education news is made possible with support from: Devon Magliozzi
After weeks with almost no new coronavirus infections, Beijing has recorded dozens of new cases in recent days, all linked to a major wholesale food market, raising concerns about a resurgence of the disease.There had been almost no new cases in the city for almost two months until an infection was reported on June 12, and since then the total number has climbed to 51, including eight more in the first seven hours of Sunday.According to the city’s health authority, contact tracing showed all the infected people had either worked or shopped inside Xinfadi, said to be the largest food market in Asia, or had been in contact with someone who was there. Huaxiang, a neighborhood in the same district as the food market and which has one of China’s biggest used car centers, raised its epidemic risk level to high on Sunday, becoming the only neighborhood in the country to be on high alert. This status means there can be no economic activity until the outbreak is controlled.As of 3 p.m. on Sunday, 10 neighborhoods in Beijing, such as Financial Street, had raised their risk levels from low to medium.”Beijing will not turn into a second Wuhan, spreading the virus to many cities all over the country and needing a lockdown,” a government epidemic expert told Health Times on Sunday, referring to the city where the epidemic in China first emerged late last year.Zeng Guang, former chief epidemiologist at Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and currently a senior expert with the National Health Commission, predicted that the outbreak will likely be controlled after the initial spike of a few days, according to the report by Health Times, a paper run by state media People’s Daily.Like other countries around the world, China is concerned to prevent a second wave from emerging after easing lockdowns that hammered its economy earlier this year.Market under scrutinyAn epidemiologist with the Beijing government said on Sunday that a DNA sequencing of the virus showed the latest outbreak in the market could have come from Europe.”Our preliminary assessment is the virus came from overseas. We still can’t determine how it got here. It might’ve been on contaminated seafood or meat, or spread from the feces of people inside the market,” state media quoted Yang Peng as saying.Officials said anyone who had been to or had contact with people who had been to Xinfadi since May 30 will be required to report to their work or residential units and get tested for coronavirus, the Beijing Daily said on Saturday.Long queues for tests formed outside a hospital near the market on Sunday, pictures in the People’s Daily showedBeijing health authority spokesman Gao Xiaojun told the news conference on Sunday that anyone in the city with a fever will be given tests for the coronavirus, a blood test and a CT scan.More than 1,500 tons of seafood, 18,000 tons of vegetables and 20,000 tons of fruit are traded at the market daily, according to its website. “Beijing has entered an extraordinary period,” city spokesman Xu Hejian told a news conference on Sunday.The market was closed before dawn on Saturday and the district containing the market put itself on a “wartime” footing.The Beijing outbreak has already spread to the neighboring northeastern province of Liaoning. According to the provincial health authority, the two new cases confirmed in Liaoning on Sunday were both people who had been in close contact with confirmed cases in Beijing.At least 10 Chinese cities, including Harbin and Dalian, have urged residents not to travel to the capital or to report to authorities if they have done so recently. Topics :
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