There is a whistling past the graveyard quality to talk of a "pay freeze" for teachers.
This is not really a freeze as there are still step increases and with the employer paying all or nearly all of health premiums, the increases in that area still represent hikes in compensation for employees. If you are contributing 3% towards health care, the employer absorbs 97% of the premium increase, creating an increase in compensation even when the headlines read that pay is "frozen."
So there is no freeze.
Also the "freeze" creates false expectations about future raises and there is the implicit promise that no COLA this year will "save jobs".
While I am not suggesting this is an appropriate or fair approach here, a few years back a local broadcaster imposed a $25% salary cut in order to stay afloat. No one quit.
My point is that nibbling around the edges approaches being proposed will not deliver as promised for those who want schools to stay as they are.
The people in charge are paid well, but often serve as advocates for the status quo rather than agents of change..They are not visionaries and have little or no experience outside a cloistered world. And in their defense, the systems and laws in place are so daunting that often there is little that can be done.
And of course there is also the argument that if things are fine and the service provided is of value, then hiking school property taxes is OK. Quit hiding the true cost by funding so much of the budgets with state aid.
There are a lot of big issue but little gets discussed when the discussion is about such little items.
Watertown Daily Times Salary freezes asked of teachers