Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Portland school board to weigh paying teachers $1.8 million for increased workload

May 22nd, 2015

The Portland school board will vote Tuesday on a resolution to pay high school teachers $1.8 million to make up for increasing their work load this school year in accordance with an arbitration remedy.
The Portland teachers union filed a grievance last year alleging that high school schedules violated contracted workload limits. The union argued the high schools' current schedules, which have teachers instructing six out of eight classes a day, were not comparable to workload when the district had teachers teach five of seven periods in 2010-2011.
In March an arbitrator sided with the union and directed the district to pay a monetary award and reduce workload by next school year.

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