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Q comp alt pay for teachers up for vote

  • Blog Post by: Steve Brandt
  • September 10, 2013 - 11:41 AM

Minneapolis schools are expected to take a step toward joining the voluntary alternative teacher pay plan known as Q comp Tuesday night.

The school board is epxected to vote on a joint union-district administration proposal to join Q comp under a proposal that could bring more than $9 million in state money and property taxes to the dfistrict.

But that will also depend on a favorable vote by the district's treachers, which must be conducted by Oct. 1, when the district wants to begin the program.  The proposal needs 70 percent support by teachers to go ahead; a 2006 vote on an earlier Q comp proposal that was never implemented drew 66.2 percent support.

If Minneapolis goes ahead, it will join the Anoka-Hennepin district among the state's big three in embracing Q comp.  The St. Paul district and its teachers have been negotiating a district proposal for joining Q comp.

About half of the Minneapolis Q comp money would be spent on additonal teacher training that would be part of the teacher's duty day, with much of the money going to hire subs.  Another $2.8 million would pick up the district's costs for running its teacher evaluation program.  The other major chunk of $1.3 million would pay teachers for assuming leadership roles within their schools. Only a token $3 per year per teacher would go toward performance pay, a sop to the state.

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