Lawrence Public Schools Collective Bargaining Agreement
“We are confident that the agreement reached will be beneficial to all parties involved. We are grateful for the willingness of the school authority to participate in a process that supports children, families and staff,” Borlaza said. The deal involves a 2.4 percent salary increase for teachers, which amounts to about 1.35 million $US. Further details on the deal were not immediately available. At the April 29, 2014 meeting, the Board of Directors will hear a brief presentation of the new collective agreement between Lawrence Public Schools (by Receiver Jeffrey C. Riley) and the Lawrence Teachers Union (LTU). The treaty reinforces the reforms put in place over the last two years of judicial administration, while providing significant job protection, fair compensation and new opportunities for teachers. Under the new agreement, teachers, like other professionals, will be compensated by creating a five-level career ladder for teachers (beginners, development, career, advanced and master).” All current teachers received a salary increase in the new career ladder system introduced on July 1, 2013, and more than 92 percent of teachers received more in the career ladder system than they would have received under the previous Step and Lane system. Career ascension is based on an overall measure of teacher effectiveness. Exemplary educators can increase their remuneration much faster than in the current system. Important benefits are maintained for all teachers, including sick leave, personal leave, health insurance, life insurance and pensions. Under the new agreement, salaries are increased by 3% each year of the contract, with additional incentives to improve the salary guide for employee recruitment and engagement.
The lawrence Township Education Association`s current contract expires on June 30 and the new contract will run between July 1 and June 30, 2025. For the first time, the borough and the LTEA have agreed on a five-year contract instead of the usual three-year contract. Representatives from the school district and the Lawrence Education Association, the local teachers` union, told the Journal World on Wednesday that discussions on a teacher contract for the 2020-21 school year are over. . . .